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Waterloo's Dan Gable appears at Trump rally in Cedar Rapids

Waterloo's Dan Gable appears at Trump rally in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Donald Trump will make America great again — and smart — he told a lively crowd of thousands in Cedar Rapids Friday night.

“The country will start winning again” if he wins the election, Trump told a crowd on the bank of the Cedar River at the McGrath Amphitheater. He promised to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring back jobs from overseas.

“We’re going to be the smart country once again,” Trump said.

“We are fighting for every citizen who believes that government should serve the people, not the donors and not the special interests,” Trump said.

Although he was nearly two hours late, Trump wasted no time connecting to his Iowa audience. He thanked Waterloo-born Iowa wrestling icon Dan Gable, the longtime University of Iowa coach, Olympic gold medalist and West Waterloo High School graduate.

“He loves Iowa, and so do I,” Trump said.

He then spent a few minutes reminding his audience about an announcement earlier in the day the FBI is reviewing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state.

“It’s the biggest scandal since Watergate,” he said.

Before the FBI announcement, Trump said, he planned to talk about how well he is doing in the polls. He ticked off a list of polls that have shown him gaining or pulling ahead of Clinton.

“We pulled ahead in many national polls … before this latest disaster,” he said referring to the FBI announcement.

He didn’t mention a Quinnipiac University Poll Thursday that showed Clinton has wiped out his lead and is tied with him at 44 percent each.

He promised to “end this war on the American farmers.”

Clinton, he said, “will shut down family farms” with EPA regulations and by raising estate taxes.

Trump laid out his plans for the first 100 days of his presidency. He pledged to enact the “biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan … eliminate unnecessary, job-killing regulations, cancel every illegal Obama executive order … rebuild the military, take care of our great veterans … support the men and women of law enforcement … and save the Second Amendment, which is totally under siege.”

Clinton is part of the problem, not the solution, he said.

“We will make wealthy again,” he said concluding with his standard line that “we will make American great again.

“Get out and vote. Thank you Iowa,” he concluded as fireworks erupted over the Cedar River.

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Statehouse reporter for The Courier

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