Valin Posted August 10, 2015 Share Posted August 10, 2015 Power Line: Scott Johnson August 10, 2015 Nebraska attorney Dave Begley has reported for us from Iowa on appearances by presidential candidates including Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders and Republican candidates Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. As is evident from his report, Dave is Power Line reader who is representative of the kind of active conservative participating in Republican caucuses and (in Dave’e case) primaries. Dave has filed this report on the appearance of Republican candidate Ben Carson in Iowa yesterday: I spent three and one-half hours at the Ben Carson rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The event was at the pre-Civil War Bayliss Park at the town square. It is a lovely park. I estimated the crowd at 1,000 plus with many from Nebraska, the Dakotas and Missouri. The Iowa campaign co-chair (a female doctor) said they had 2,000 in Des Moines and 1,400 in Cedar Rapids. A black man named Ishmael attended the event. He was excited to give Dr. Carson a hand-carved African walking stick. I kid you not. (Picture above.) (Snip) I suspect many of the people were like my seatmates. They were a couple married for 54 years and they brought their adult daughter. They knew about the event via their Baptist church in Nebraska. The matriarch was long familiar with his book Gifted Hands and had emphasized it at her Catholic grade school where she worked as a librarian. Carson now owns the evangelical demographic in Iowa. Huckabee and Santorum are finished with that crowd. Carson is the fresh face and he is not a politician. He is trying to pull off the greatest career change in American political history. He gave his stump speech of about 45 minutes with no notes. He started out saying the stakes for our country are high. He was all ready to retire when he made his second appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast. Only Billy Graham has appeared there twice. Big applause. (Snip) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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