Week in Review: Braley Travels State to Share His Plans to Put Iowa Families First

Press Release

Date: Oct. 6, 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA

This week saw Bruce Braley travel across the state, from Council Bluffs to Davenport, to share with Iowans his vision to move the state forward and put Iowa families first.

Bruce started out his week in Council Bluffs, thanking volunteers and pushing for an increase to the minimum wage that would provide 300,000 Iowans with a raise:

COUNCIL BLUFFS NONPAREIL: Braley Supports Federal Wage Hike "It's time to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, said Bruce Braley, Iowa's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. "It would give 300,000 Iowans a pay raise," he said Monday during a Council Bluffs stop. On other issues, he opposes privatizing Social Security, calling it a "retirement investment for those on Wall Street," and would fight any effort to repeal wind energy tax credits. Concerning education, he would continue to expand Pell Grants that provide need-based financial assistance to undergraduates." [Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 9/30/2014]

Making phone calls at Council Bluffs campaign HQ. @TeamBraley @iowademocrats #35days https://twitter.com/BruceBraley/status/516948377331052545

On Tuesday, Bruce headed to Merrill and Mason City to highlight the importance of protecting the job-creating Renewable Fuel Standard and to promote the importance of early voting.

CBS 14
Bruce Braley Highlights Renewable Fuel Standard at Plymouth Energy
September 30, 2014

Bruce Braley Tours Plymouth Energy Ethanol Plant
September 30, 2014NBC 10
Bruce Braley Kicks Off Mason City Phone Bank
September 30, 2014
MASON CITY GLOBE GAZETTE: Braley Rallies Campaign Volunteers in Mason City "U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley thanked North Iowa volunteers Tuesday for their hard work on his Senate campaign and asked for more. "We need you," he said during a stop at the Iowa Democratic campaign office in Mason City, where a volunteer phone bank is located. "We need more from you." He encouraged volunteers to keep making phone calls and to put bumper stickers on their cars and yard signs on their lawns for him and other Democratic candidates. "This is how we are going to win," he said. "Turning out voters is the key to getting us elected." [Mason City Globe Gazette, 10/1/2014]

The following day, Bruce made stops at the Blue Strawberry in Cedar Rapids and the Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City, where he talked with Iowans about the issues that matter to them--from growing the economy and creating jobs, to raising the minimum wage, to protecting retirement security and maintaining access to a quality and affordable education--and his plans to fight for working families in the U.S. Senate.

IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN: Braley, Former "Frequent Flier' of Hamburg, Thanks Crowd "Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley greeted a packed crowd Wednesday at Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City… "I came here today to Hamburg Inn No. 2 to say thank you to every one of you for what you're doing for me and other great candidates in Johnson County," said Braley, who referred to himself as a former "frequent flier" of the Hamburg." [Iowa City Press-Citizen, 10/1/2014]

RT @lightofdaye @BruceBraley: at the famous @HamburgInn in Iowa City! What a crowd! #iasen https://twitter.com/HamburgInn/status/517686400872103936

On Thursday, Bruce was joined by Tom Harking and a special guest--his mother, Marcia Braley--to highlight the clear choice on in the U.S. Senate race on retirement security during "Pie Day" at the South Side Senior Center in Des Moines. Bruce Braley, who has earned the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Alliance for Retired Americans, has worked to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.

DES MOINES REGISTER: Braley Campaigns with Mom and (Peach) Pie "With a peach pie in one hand and his mother at his side, Democrat Bruce Braley worked the crowd at the South Side Senior Center in Des Moines. "I heard that today was pie day," he said, crediting his mom, Marcia Braley, as the baker. He carried the pie around the room as he shook hands and chatted with seniors… Braley kept his remarks brief and focused on Medicare and Social Security, which has been a high-profile issue in the race. Braley drew applause when he proclaimed he would "never privatize Social Security" as a senator. He also vowed to never raise the retirement age. "I see too many hardworking Iowans -- nurses and construction workers and others -- who are not able to keep working after giving their lives in the service of others and to help make this a better state," he said. [Des Moines Register, 10/2/2014]

RADIO IOWA: Braley, Ernst Again Focused on Retirement Security Issue "Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley spoke to a crowd of senior citizens today about "retirement security" -- an issue Braley and his allies have raised often during his race against Republican Joni Ernst. "I will never vote to privatize Social Security and turn your hard-earned money over to Wall Street investment bankers," Braley said, to applause. Ernst has said "privatizing" Social Security may be an option to consider for younger Americans and her comments have been featured in campaign commercials airing for the past several weeks." [Radio Iowa, 10/2/2014]

QUAD CITY TIMES: Braley Woos Seniors at Campaign Event "BeLieu was one of the dozens of seniors who heard from Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat, during a campaign event Thursday at South Side Senior Center. Retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, the man whom Braley hopes to replace, also attended the event…Speaking to a room full of seniors at Thursday's event, Braley hammered once again on a common theme of his campaign: his promise to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. In addition to addressing the crowd for roughly 10 minutes, Braley went around to the multiple tables and spoke with the seniors." [Quad City Times, 10/2/2014]

Bruce Braley Highlights Clear Choice on Retirement Security at South Side Senior Center
October 2, 2014

Bruce Braley Highlights Clear Choice for Iowa Seniors
October 2, 2014

Yesterday, Bruce headed east to Davenport to tout his record as a bridge builder in Congress while touring the Centennial Bridge construction site and receiving the endorsement from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

Braley in Davenport for IUPAT Endorsement
October 3, 2014 @BruceBraley Thanks to everyone who joined me at Centennial Bridge for @GoIUPAT endorsement announcement. #32Days https://twitter.com/BruceBraley/status/518231051031044096