House majority leader campaigns with Gutknecht
Boehner said he was working with other candidates in Iowa and Minnesota.
Gutknecht, a Rochester Republican who is seeking his seventh term in Congress, noted that Boehner is a friend and has campaigned for him in previous campaigns, although that was before he became majority leader.
Boehner said his stop in Mankato isn't an indication that national Republican leaders are concerned about Gutknecht's race against first time candidate Tim Walz, who appears Red Nike Roshe Mens
"They can't tell you what they would do if they were in charge," he said.
"There are a lot of things we have to do to restore that trust," he said.
voters, according to Gutknecht.
Walz campaign spokeswoman Meredith Salsbery said voters need only to look at each candidates' Web site to see that Walz is offering much more detailed proposals on a broad range of issues. And Salsbery said Democrats are offering a better approach than the Contract with America.
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"Farmers will vote Republican this year and that will help us across the country," Gutknecht said.
Before leaving, Boehner said the big difference between now and 1994 when a scandal plagued Democratic majority was washed out of power by a Republican tidal wave is that Democrats aren't offering a specific legislative plan if voters give them control of Congress.
But Boehner said he doesn't see anything unusual in public attitudes toward Congress this year, saying the body has historically been unpopular in polls of Americans.
"Gil's one of those members who works hard, represents his district and is really a leader in the budget process," said Boehner, the second most powerful member of the House behind Speaker Dennis Hastert.
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into law in the most recent congressional session.
Republicans have cut taxes, reformed pension laws and passed legislation to combat terrorism, Boehner said. He conceded that congressional leaders have some repair work to do on Congress' reputation.
Despite the unpopularity of the current Congress, voters traditionally focus on pocketbook issues before entering the ballot box, Gutknecht said. He believes voters in general and farmers in particular are very pleased with their economic well being.
to be the running the most formidable Democratic challenge to Gutknecht in at least a decade.
"The only thing that unifies Democrats, as far as we can see, is that they will raise taxes," Gutknecht said.
Despite a growing number of political analysts predicting that the Democrats will pick up the 15 seats they need to take control of the House in the Nov. 7 general election primarily because of the unpopularity of President Bush, the Iraq war and the scandal plagued Congress Boehner said the GOP will retain the majority.
After Boehner left a short press conference for more campaign events in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, Gutknecht said Boehner is expecting the GOP to lose five to six seats in the 435 member House maintaining its majority. Gutknecht said he agrees with that assessment.
Recent polls have shown public disapproval of Congress reaching the levels of 1994 when Gutknecht and dozens of other Republicans won seats previously held by Democrats, ending that party's 40 year run of controlling the House.
House Majority Leader John Boehner stopped in Mankato Thursday to talk politics with College Republicans at Minnesota State University and give a boost to the re election campaign of Congressman Gil Gutknecht.
"While in the neighborhood, why not stop?" Boehner said. ". I think Gil's running a very good race."
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