Iowans are famously nice — so nice, it seems, they’ll let you hold a campaign event on their property even if they won’t vote for you.
Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner’s adult son issued a statement not exactly in line with the Obama campaign’s talking points.
Jarret Heil, farmer Jeff Heil’s son, calls the president’s visit “truly an honor,” and describes Obama as “gracious, personable and very respectful.”
But then his statement takes a turn:
“As the milestone that it is for our community with the President’s visit, it is important to not get caught up in the President’s glamorous re-election words and remember President Obama’s first term record and rhetoric does not represent Middle America, entrepreneurs, small business owners and farmers,” Heil writes.
The story states that Heil is a Republican, which I guess will cause Obamaphiles to express non-surprise at the fact that Heil is planning to support Mitt Romney. But given that in 2008, Republicans were seduced by then-Senator Barack Obama into deserting the GOP and voting for him, it’s worth noting that this year, winning the Republican vote will be much, much, much tougher for a Democratic presidential candidate to do.