Not at all. We laid the groundwork in 2018 and he wouldn’t have had a competitive primary if not for what we were able to do. I think what America needs is for people like Steve King to have their voices quieted, and I think this is a huge step forward for America. What we’re trying to do here in the Fourth District is the same thing we did last time. It’s not talking about who we’re against or what we’re against, but what we’re for.
But doesn’t this mean you have a tougher campaign ahead?
The people who are saying this race is an uphill battle as of now are the same people who told me that last time. We’re going to work our tails off, get out there with our campaign R.V., which we named Sioux City Sue. We’re going to go out and earn your vote. I spent more nights in Walmart parking lots the last few months of the campaign last cycle than I did in my own bed.
We’re the second biggest agriculture-producing district in America. We’re 39 counties, very rural, and in order to compete and connect with folks where they’re at, you’ve got to get out there. This past fall we went to 38 of 39 counties and towns of under 1,000 people and we called it the “Don’t Forget About Us” tour. Some of these communities are fighting to keep their grocery stores. Some have to drive 30 minutes to buy fresh produce. When farmers aren’t making a dime, something isn’t adding up.
How do you change your strategy?
It literally doesn’t change. We go out there and campaign everywhere and, like I said, it doesn’t matter who you are, we’re going to invite you to the table. If you came on the road with us last time, we barely mentioned Steve King.
There’s not enough people fighting for something who are running for office. The people of the Fourth District are sick of divisive politics. It’s not enough just not being Steve King. We need to have something for this district and the ability to bring people together. And that’s what we plan to do.
Do you intend to make it a campaign issue that Mr. Feenstra did not attack Mr. King’s racism?
He talks about how much of a man he is of faith. And there’s a Proverbs message that really is near and dear to my heart. It’s “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, ensure justice for those being crushed.” To me, the absence of all five of the Republicans even addressing the George Floyd death or any of these protests or anything like that, I feel that’s a huge issue. I think that’s the type of people we don’t need to go to Congress.