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Iowa House candidate says Vilsack says concerns the same for occupiers, district residents

The same concerns being voiced at occupy rallies across the country can be heard at coffee shops, grocery stores and kitchen tables in rural Iowa, 4th Congressional District candidate Christie Vilsack says.

“I think there’s this frustration with Congress not doing anything about the job issue and a lot of partisan fighting, and I certainly want to be a a problem solver, not a partisan fighter,” she said.

Vilsack, an Ames Democrat and former first lady, said every family is having those conversations, and the occupy demonstrators are just expressing that in a more “vocal” way.

“We have real issues here,” she said. “People are underemployed, they’re unemployed, there are young people at [Iowa State University] today who may be going to graduate school simply because they don’t have any other opportunities and incurring debt because of that.”

One of the things people are upset about is what Vilsack called a “Main Street/Wall Street disconnect.”

“I think there’s also frustration with…how these companies got away with not giving back or somehow corporate executives still getting huge bonuses,” she said.

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