U.S. Rep. Steve King
U.S. Rep. Steve King

September 14, 2018

AUDUBON

U.S. Rep. Steve King, a Kiron Republican seeking a ninth term in Congress, says he’s a reliable voice, a known political quantity to Iowans who has not retreated from strong opposition to abortion and advocacy for the Constitution — notably the Second Amendment.

“Everybody knows where I stand on the issues, and it’s been consistent for all the time I’ve been in public life,” King said in an interview with this newspaper earlier this week in Audubon after he participated in the ribbon-cutting for the Waspy’s complex.

King, who faces Democrat J.D. Scholten of Sioux City in the Nov. 6 general election, highlighted his chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee’s panel on the Constitution.

“I’m appointed to that to be the gatekeeper on our foundational supreme law of the land,” King said.

King noted that he represents the No. 1 agricultural district in the nation.

“We produce more eggs than anybody else, more pork than anybody else, more renewable fuels than anybody else,” King said. “We’re very intense and competitive in all of that.”

The congressman acknowledged that markets for Iowa commodities are “lousy” because of the current trade situation and strong production.

“Those two causes together are the reason we don’t have $4.50 corn and $11 beans,” King said.

Overall, King said there is no question that consumer confidence in the economy is growing.

“I think now we have the foundation for a 3 percent or better GDP growth for perhaps a decade or more, as far as the eye can see right now,” King said.

In April and June gross domestic product went up at a 4.2 percent annual rate; the jobless rate stood at 3.9 percent nationally in August.

King said a tighter labor supply is resulting in increases in wages and benefits and expanding the middle class.

“Those raises are coming right and left across the countryside because companies are making more money, but also because they want to keep their employees,” King said.

King said President Trump’s agenda, whether voters like him personally, has boosted the economy, and that will matter on Election Day, calming waters Democrats hope will churn blue waves.

“I personally do like him,” King said of Trump. “He’s grown on me. I like him because I now have a lot better understanding of him. I don’t know if anybody completely understands him. He will always be an enigma, which is to his advantage. And he will always play brinksmanship, which is also to his advantage.”

Having serious conversations about the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is a major Trump accomplishment, King said.

Moreover, Trump has been able to appoint two Supreme Court justices, King said.