WND staff reporter Jerome Corsi is in Des Moines today and tomorrow to report on the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus and to participate in the FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) talk radio row.
DES MOINES — Twenty talk show hosts from across the nation are gathering in Des Moines today and tomorrow in a “Talk Radio Row” organized by the Federation for American Immigration Reform that is intended to bring presidential candidates’ positions on immigration reform into the spotlight.
FAIR’s plans include a forum in which top Democratic and Republican Party presidential contenders, Iowa politicians, and national experts can meet to be interviewed in a talk radio marathon that reflects the growing importance of the immigration debate to the 2008 presidential campaign.
Julie Kirchner, executive director of FAIR, said Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Fred Thompson are scheduled to appear, with several other candidates planning to participate in radio interviews by telephone.
The talk radio event follows an earlier “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” talk radio row FAIR organized in Washington, D.C., last April, just before the Bush administration launched its second unsuccessful effort to gain approval of its “comprehensive immigration reform” plan that eventually failed in the Senate.
“The venue this time is the Iowa caucus,” Kirchner said. “We [know] the Iowa caucus presented a lot of pluses to advance the national discussion on immigration policy.”
“Immigration has become one of the most important issues facing our country and one of the top issues among Iowa residents,” Kirchner said. “With events like this radio row in Iowa today and tomorrow, FAIR wants to examine the proper role of immigration to the U.S. and its role in the 21st century.”
“The Iowa 2007 Talk Radio Row will offer a forum for those who want to lead this nation to present their vision of immigration reform in depth, and allow Iowans and people all across America to join in the discussion,” Bob Dane, event manager for the FAIR Congressional Task Force’s Iowa program, said in a statement on the group’s website.
“Beginning in Iowa, the public and talk radio will put the political and media elite on notice that they must be reckoned with again in 2008,” Dane concluded.
- Jan Mickelson, WHO-AM, Des Moines, Iowa
- J. Michael McKoy, KWQW-FM, Des Moines, Iowa
- Randy Renshaw, KSCJ-AM, Sioux City, Iowa
- Roger Hedgecock, KOGO-AM and KFI-AM, San Diego and Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jack Rice, WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Mark Reardon, KMOX-AM, St. Louis, Mo.
- Bill Manders, KKOH-AM, Reno, Nev.
- Dan Rivers, WKBN-AM, Youngstown, Ohio
- Steve Gill, WLAC-AM, Nashville, Tenn.
- Sandy Rios, WYLL-AM, Chicago, Ill.
- Jim Cates, KMAJ-AM, Topeka, Kan.
- Gary Sutton, WBSA-AM, York, Pa.
- Michael Koolidge, WRHL-AM, Rochelle/Central Illinois
- Jon Justice, KQTH-FM, Tucson, Ariz.
- Inga Barks, KERN-AM, Bakersfield, Calif.
- Fred Flanagan, WRKS-AM, Waukegan, Ill.
- Vicki McKenna, WIBA-AM and WISN-AM, Madison/Milwaukee, Wis.
- Ernie Brown and Jay McFarland, KRLD-AM, Dallas, Texas
“Our goal is to highlight the impact of uncontrolled immigration on national security, jobs, health care, education, the environment and the rule of law,” Kirchner said. “We want to sustain the momentum we gained earlier this year and re-direct it now to the 2008 presidential caucus and primary season which officially begins here in Iowa next week on Jan. 3.”
A Zogby poll commissioned by the FAIR Congressional Task Force and released to coincide with the Des Moines talk show row suggests support for enforcement of U.S. immigration laws is an issue uniting Iowans of all political persuasions.
The poll, conducted between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 of likely Democratic and Republican caucus participants, found 84 percent of Iowa Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats support “tightening border security, while increasing enforcement actions against employers who hire illegal immigrants in an effort to convince illegal immigrants to return home.”