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  • Writer's pictureWill Blevins

Pastor Tim Scott

On a cool Wednesday night, Iowans ventured to Van Meter to see Senator Tim Scott. Driving into the small town of Van Meter, it was hard to miss the American Legion with the excessive number of yard signs lined across the drive leading to the building. Once inside, the venue had an ambiance of a Sunday morning church service with friends and neighbors chatting as they found their seats. What made the event different from the Sunday morning church service, though, was the line of press in the back of the room.


When Scott entered, he was treated to an excited applause from the crowd. Scott mimicked a church pastor that went around the room shaking hands and saying hello. Before the event began, I did feel like it was a Wednesday church service because of the five-minute long prayer that a volunteer read. However, it was hard to hear her speak as the speaker from the back of the room was playing Eric Church at maximum volume.


After the prayer, the service began with Scott telling the story of how he got to where he is today. Throughout the rest of the night the senator answered questions from concerned constituents about the economy, education, veteran care, and other issues. To me, one man stuck out in the crowd with his suit, cane, and intense resolve to ask a question. With his hand raised for most of the session, Scott seemed reluctant to call on him.


Eventually, Scott did call on the man for his question. The man pointed out that he was there on behalf of many veterans in Iowa and asked what Scott would do for veteran care in the VA. Scott, seemingly irritated by the man, pointed out that he had seen the man at many of his events around Iowa and liked his advocacy on behalf of the veteran population. Scott hailed the heroism of veterans and expressed gratitude for their service to the country, which he paired with a commitment to do everything in his power as president to help them.


After the town hall, Scott stayed around for one-on-one conversations. Many posed with him for pictures and got him to sign hats and pictures; others were interviewed by the press. For many, Scott's "service" was a caucus trial run, spending the night with their neighbors talking about politics.


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