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Ashley Judd, Ben McKenzie rally for Obama in Marshalltown

September 1, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Actress Ashley Judd and actor Ben McKenzie stopped at Marshalltown Democrat headquarters early Friday evening as part of Obama for America tour.

Their mission was to rally Obama campaign volunteers, recruit more campaign volunteers and get the president's message out to the public.

Inside a packed headquarters room of volunteers and interested onlookers, Judd and McKenzie first encouraged non-campaign volunteers to sign up and help.

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Actress Ashley Judd is shown making a point while talking to Obama volunteers and the public at the Marshalltown Democrat headquarters Friday night. Looking on from left are Bert Permar of Marshalltown, Myles Brink of Haverhill and actor Ben McKenzie.

"We've only got a couple of months before the election, we're here to encourage people to volunteer here at headquarters and talk one-on-one with your friends and neighbors about the president's work," McKenzie said. "The other side has plenty of money, so they are going to bombard the airwaves. We don't have that kind of money. Our strength is on the ground."

McKenzie said he supported the president's values.

"The president's stands on protecting the middle class, protecting small businesses and investing in job training and job placement ... those are the reasons I'm here. Every day counts and every hour counts, that is why I'm urging you to get out there and work."

Judd first congratulated the women volunteers statewide.

"One of the thing that excites me in Iowa is that 68 percent of the volunteers working on behalf of President Obama are women," she said. "I'm proud of that."

Judd then went to work citing the differences between Democrats and Republicans.

"Vice President Biden, pioneered the Violence Against Women Act and President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Act, which is equal pay for equal work for women" said Judd. "On the Republican side ... they are not standing up for women."

She came back to the Ledbetter Act.

"Gov. Romney has refused to say whether he would have signed the Ledbetter Act ... I've learned the non-response means no."

While Judd and McKenzie shared their views, approximately one-half of the nearly one hour meeting centered on personal stories from the public to retain the Affordable Health Care Act.

While known for several critically acclaimed films over her career, Judd campaigned for Obama in 2008 and will attend the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte.

McKenzie had worked for John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004 and Obama's 2008 campaign.

Before stopping in Marshalltown, Judd and McKenzie made appearances in Ames, Mason City and Waterloo, with a final stop in Des Moines.



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