Candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District race makes Mason City stop

J.D. Scholten talks recent debate invite to Steve King, farm bill, immigration and healthcare

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 9:12 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - We're quickly approaching the November election, but we may not see two Congressional candidates go head to head in a debate.

Democrat J.D. Scholten of Sioux City is running against Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Steve King for Iowa's 4th Congressional District.

Scholten stopped at the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Headquarters Wednesday morning to address King's recent statement regarding Scholten's recent offer to a debate with him. In a televised interview, King responded to Scholten's request, saying "there's not a clear division on issues here. Then if nobody's criticizing the way I vote, they just call names, and I don't think that's a good reason to have a debate."

Scholten says while he has admitted to mentioning King having a Confederate flag on his desk and referring to him as "Confederate Steve King" because of it, he agrees to not name call, and just wants to talk about the issues affecting Iowa.

"I feel this democracy needs a representative to meet with the people."

He mentions one topic that would've been part of a debate: immigration reform.

"We have a Washington D.C. problem where we have politicians out there not legislating, and so that's created an immigration problem. I call for immigration reform, we absolutely have to have a strong border, but we need to modernize our immigration process."

Scholten will be making stops in Spencer and Storm Lake Thursday.

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