Dave's not here

A personal endorsement from the president.

Published October 27, 2006 3:29PM (EDT)

There's nothing like a personal endorsement from the president to give your campaign a boost, so the Republican candidate running in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District must have been thrilled to share a stage with George W. Bush Thursday. "No doubt in my mind, with your help, Dave Lamberti will be the next United States congressman," Bush said at a Lamberti for Congress event in Des Moines. "Dave and I believe a lot of things. We believe that you ought to keep more of your own money. We believe in family values. We believe values are important. And we believe marriage is a fundamental institution of civilization."

Dave probably also believes that the president's endorsement would have meant more if he'd looked like he knew who he was endorsing. The Republican running in Iowa's 3rd is Jeff Lamberti.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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