OBAMA: MOST PEOPLE HAVE IDs, CAN GET TO POLLS
PRESIDENT AT ODDS WITH HIS IOWA CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR ON VOTER ID
(Cedar Rapids) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate is drawing attention to the contrast between President Barack Obama and his opponent, Brad Anderson who served as his re-election campaign director on the issue of a mandatory voter ID requirement.
In an interview this week with Al Sharpton, President Obama made comments differing sharply from that of his 2012 Iowa campaign director who is running for Secretary of State, Brad Anderson.
President Obama, “Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don’t vote from voting. Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver’s license. Most people can get to the polls. It may not be as convenient, it may be a little more difficult.” (Source: The Hill)
Brad Anderson says a voter ID requirement and checking voter registration to make sure illegal immigrants and convicted felons can’t vote are, to use his words, ‘offensive voter intimidation’.
We shouldn’t be surprised Anderson feels that way, after all, he’s a political operative whose ran campaigns for President Obama, John Edwards, Chet Culver, Democratic National Committee and Bruce Braley. His company has a long history of being a hired consultant for liberal democrat candidates and Iowans expect better from their non-partisan Secretary of State.
Pate, “Iowans favor a mandatory voter ID requirement to protect the integrity of our election process with 71% and 60% among registered Democrats. Now it seems even my opponent’s boss, President Obama disagrees with the rhetoric coming from Mr. Anderson and his partisan out of state supporters.”
A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002-2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities. Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.
Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident born in Ottumwa and raised in Cedar Rapids.