January 20, 2017
Carroll County, where President Donald J. Trump captured 63 percent of the vote last November, and the region around it, factored into the Republican taking the oath of the nation’s highest office this morning.
The chants outside the U.S. Capitol of “Trump, Trump. Trump!” as the nation’s 45th president emerged to deliver his speech were made possible in places like Carroll County — by the numbers, truly Trump Country.
In the Carroll region, Trump ran up big numbers.
The president won 71 percent of the vote in Sac County. 63 percent in Audubon and Guthrie counties, 67 percent in Calhoun and Crawford counties and 59 percent in Greene County.
Today those votes translated to an enormous transfer of power.
“Whether you like the incoming president or not, the peaceful transition of power is an American tradition,” said Carroll County Republican Party Chairman Craig Williams.
Williams said he is bullish about the future of the nation.
“Optimism for the future of the United States is the highest I’ve seen since the 1980s,” Williams said. “We have an opportunity to show millennials how great America can be.”
Trump won Iowa with 51 percent of the vote to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s 42 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, pulled 3.8 percent in the Hawkeye State.
From Washington, D.C., where he is on hand to witness the inaugural festivities, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann tells the Daily Times Herald, “The streets are clogged and it is nearly impossible to get around in any efficient way this week, but enthusiasm is high and the presence of police and Secret Service is certainly reassuring.”
Kaufmann said he is struck by two thoughts on the historic day.
“We are the strongest nation in the world, but the people still determine who leads us,” Kaufmann said. “The peaceful transfer of power is critical. To a vibrant democracy. The second thought is more of a hope. Do we have a leader that will not forget his campaign promises? I believe we do.”
Locally, Adam Schweers, a Republican and the chairman of the U.S. Highway 30 Coalition of Iowa, is hopeful Trump is able to fashion an infrastructure bill that includes money to four-lane the federal route across the Hawkeye State.
“I think rural Iowa will definitely come into the mix because of some of the people who supported Trump,” Schweers said.
On the issues, Williams expects to see rapid change on health insurance.
“From a very personal standpoint, I am very much looking forward to what this new administration has the opportunity to do,” he said. “If Obamacare is ‘affordable,’ I’d hate to see what ‘unaffordable’ is. Between premium increases and coverage decreases, I’d say my health-care costs have gone up 80 percent in the last two years alone. Cindy and I now pay nearly $20,000 for a plan with a $3,500 per person deductible.”
Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Dr. Andy McGuire said former President Barack Obama leaves a legacy of economic prosperity, inclusiveness and a strong record on national security.
“When Donald Trump becomes the nation’s 45th president, we hope that he will recognize and respect the significance and history of the office and govern with grace and with the nation’s best interests at heart,” McGuire said. “As Americans, we proudly wish our country to progress and prosper. It is our hope that Donald Trump and fellow Republican leaders will not use their governing powers to deepen the cultural divide or widen the growing income-inequality gap. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. He does not have a mandate to implement extreme policies or compromise the delicate balance of foreign relations.”