||Staff photo/Ben DeVries - After
waiting for two and a half hours outside the former
Valentino's Restaurant on Madison Avenue, Alicia Kraft, and
her daughter Anna, 4, inch up a little closer in anticipation
The war against terror and
victory in Iraq are the main concerns of Iowans, as opposed to
At least, that's the opinion from a handful of people interviewed
Thursday while waiting for tickets to see President Bush in Council
Bluffs on Monday.
When asked to pick from terrorism, the war in Iraq, the economy
or health care, those interviewed quickly said it was the events
overseas that were the main priorities facing this country.
"It's the safety of our country," said Bill Boltinghouse of
Council Bluffs. "If our country isn't physically safe, nothing else
"Everything hinges on that
(terrorism)," said David Burgstrum of Silver City. "The economy is
coming back; it's improving."
Warren Chapman of Villisca said, "The top priority is to be
"(Terrorism) can wipe out our next generation," said Marilyn
Troxel, who drove some 50 miles from Farragut for tickets.
Byron Rockwell of Glenwood said he supports Bush because
Democrats typically cut military budgets.
Sherry Ebertowski of Crescent said, "The war and terrorism. The
economy will take care of itself."
Scott Campbell of Council Bluffs, said, "I think the war on
terror is my main concern. I think he'll (Bush) do a better job of
protecting us than John Kerry. I think he's done an awesome
President Bush is visiting the public at the Mid-America Center
Hundreds of people were waiting in line at the former Valentino's
Restaurant on Madison Avenue to get tickets for the event even
before they became available at noon.
"I've been here since 9:30 a.m.," said Boltinghouse who was right
near the door. "I wanted to make sure I got here early."
Mark Rater, the Pottawattamie County Republican Party chairman,
said this morning he didn't have an exact count on how many tickets
were given away Thursday, but estimated they could be gone by this
"They were going fast," Rater said.
People can be denied tickets if they're considered supporters of
the John Kerry campaign, he said.
"This is a rally for President Bush," Rater said. "They don't
want people from the Kerry campaign heckling there. They have every
right to decide who can come to the rally."