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Candidate Profile: Congressman Rod Blum

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

With just eight days before 2016's election, freshman Congressman Rod Blum's campaign is kicking into high gear.

He spent time Monday afternoon alongside a number of volunteers calling potential voters, trying to sway last minute undecided voters.

"Our staff is fired up, pumped up, we continue to work hard informing people of where I stand on the issues. And we feel very good about where we're at with 7-8 days left to go in the election," Blum said.

Among his accomplishments over the past two years, Blum says renaming a Cedar Rapids post office after a fallen National Guardsman from Iowa was among the top.

But Blum says he still has a lot he wants to accomplish--specifically, a number of bills aimed at congressional reform, including term limits for members of Congress.

"All of those bills, would pass if they were put to a vote by the American people, probably 90 percent to 10 percent, yet we haven't voted on them in the House," he said.

Blum under fire from his opponent for his backing of the First Amendment Defense Act.

He says claims that he supports single pregnant women getting fired are false.

"I laugh, because it's laughable. I have been an employer for 20-25 years, and we've employed tons of single women who are mothers. Our current office manager today in my company is a single mother, so it couldn't be further from the truth," he said.

And when it comes to the general election, Blum says he's sticking with Donald Trump, who he's openly supported for months.

"So both candidates are disliked, both candidates have personality flaws. I think we need to look past that. And what I hope people look at is their policies. Who will be better for the United States of America, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Clearly, for me at least, that decision, and I do not think that person is Hillary Clinton," he said.

Tune into News 7 KWWL Tuesday night for a profile on Blum's opponent, Democrat Monica Vernon.

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