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Friday, July 17, 2015

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Iowans still making up their minds on Walker

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Many attendees at Gov. Scott Walker’s rally here today said they like him but have not yet made up their minds on who will get their support.

Those attendees included 12-year-old Madison Phipps, the Junior Miss Scott County, which includes Davenport. Her mother, Paula, said they also have listened to Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio.

“We just feel there needs to be a change,” Paula Phipps said.

The two were accompanied by Miss Scott County Molly McDonnell, 19. She also said she is keeping an open mind about who she will back.

“I haven’t got any opinion right now,” she said. “I’m just gathering all the data.”

Others at the rally said they have been impressed with Walker’s record in Wisconsin, both in elections and in his battle with unions, but they still want to see more. Robert Martin, of Davenport, said he likes Walker but has been disappointed that the guv’s stance on immigration has been in flux rather than firmly in favor of shutting down the border.

“I haven’t made up my mind,” Martin, 75, said. “It’s between Scott Walker and Bush.”

Another 75-year-old Davenport resident, John Moeller, said he was particularly impressed with Walker’s fight with unions. Moeller, who is retired, said he used to work for John Deere and appreciates unions. But he said he also understands Walker’s attempt to reduce the cost of doing business.

Still, Moeller said, he is undecided about who he will back, though Walker is near the top of the list.

“I’ve got a check in my pocket for him,” Moeller said, “but that don’t mean he’s going to get one tomorrow.”

-- By Chris Thompson

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