Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Culver's Jefferson Jackson Speech

Considering this is an Iowa blog, I thought I should mention some things about Chet Culver's speech at the Jefferson Jackson dinner.

I thought Culver gave a very good speech. It wasn't on par with the speeches later in the night, but no one expected him to be that good. Culver used Eleanor Roosevelt's quote about the future belonging to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Culver tied all the accomplishments from his first year in office to the dreams of Iowans. He mentioned raising the minimum wage, increasing teacher pay, lifting the ban on stem cell research, expanding health care to children.

However, when he talked about expanding health care to children, Culver missed an opportunity to use the bully pulpit to talk about expanding SCHIP. I would have liked to have heard Culver mention Bush's veto of SCHIP and how an extension to SCHIP affects Iowa's children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't there, but I heard from a friend that Culver's speech was excellent.

I was a big Fallon supporter, but Chet has exceeded my expectations as governor. I think he will continue to grow into the job and do great things, if our mediocre Democratic leadership in the legislature will allow it.