Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, a Democrat, kicked off her congressional campaign this morning with a speech in which she said it was time for folks in D.C. to “lower their voices and raise their sights.”
According to Vilsack, “Iowans are sick of the partisanship and fingerpointing that has blocked our politics. They want us to be civil.”
Vilsack never once mentioned Congressman Steve King, her likely Republican opponent in 2012. Vilsack told the crowd she didn’t “want to score points. I want to make progress.”
Vilsack’s husband — US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack — was at the event [photo], which was staged in Iowa State University’s Memorial Union in Ames. The Vilsack’s two sons, a daughter-in-law and their grandchild were also standing at the front of the room for the speech.
AUDIO: Vilsack’s speech. 14 min