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Senators Al Franken and Tom Harkin in Indianola, Iowa.

Both Senator Tom Harkin (D), Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, and Senator Al Franken (D) a member of the Senate HELP Committee stated to the press and in their speeches at the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa today that health care reform legislation coming out of the committee would have a strong public option.

There were approximately 1500 to 2000 people in attendance at the Warren County fairgrounds. A tiny group of teabaggers picketed one of the main entrances to the event along Highway 92. They received some encouraging horn honking along with a few single finger salutes.

The crowd of Democratic Party and progressive activists and supporters heard speeches from Iowa politicians, Tom Harkin, and Al Franken. This was a very supportive audience – they liked what they were hearing.