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Rep. Bruce Braley and challenger Ben Lange hit campaign trail

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Iowa's first district congressional race is heating up.  Incumbent Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley will face a re-match with Republican Ben Lange come November.

It's sure to be a tight race, after Braley won the pair's 2010 match up by only around 4,000 votes.

Congressman Bruce Braley and challenger Ben Lange are spending some big bucks and lots of time on the campaign trail--trying to win your votes.

Ads for the two candidates are starting to fill the airwaves of local TV stations.  Congressman Bruce Braley has outpaced his challenger's local TV advertising spending so far--shelling out an estimated $300,000, compared to the $200,000 Lange's spent.

Both candidates are also doing their fair share of stump speeches, as Lange conducts his "Quasky Values" tour around eastern Iowa, and Congressman Braley spoke alongside Senator Tom Harkin at Hawkeye Community College Thursday.

"I've always promised people that if I represented them in Congress, I'd listen to their concerns, I'd work hard on their behalf, and I'd get things done.  And I think my record speaks to that," said Congressman Braley.

"Folks in Washington, D.C. have had their shot.  We either put a new generation of leaders in D.C. or kick the can down the road, and hope somebody else will solve it," said Lange.

Lately, the candidates have been squaring off a couple key issues:  entitlements like Medicare and Social Security.

"Medicare and retirement security are both absolutely critical to people I represent.  And one of the big differences between me and my opponent is he's going to advocate for cutting off Social Security for people like me.  I don't think that's a sound retirement policy," said Braley.

"We want to make sure we preserve Medicare, strengthen Medicare and make sure we ensure it for the future generations.  And right now, we know what Braley's done with Obamacare is to gut $716 billion in funding from Medicare," Lange said.

Over there next two and a half months--there will be no end to those debates in sight.

With more territory to cover in Iowa's expanded first district, you can bank on seeing a lot more of these two, as Bruce Braley looks to hang onto his Congressional seat, and Ben Lange hopes cash in with a re-match victory.

The new first district has dropped two counties, but added 11, for a total of 21 counties either Braley or Lange will represent.  That's up from the current 12 counties.  The biggest addition to the newly shaped first district:  Cedar Rapids, which will be a hotly contested area in the race.

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