The conservative political group Tea Party Express is holding rallies in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri this week with a program of speeches opposing the re-election of President Barack Obama.
In Des Moines about 40 people gathered near the Capitol on Monday for an hour of speeches and a performance by a rap artist advocating a "campaign against the current culture destroying the fabric of freedom."
Howard Kaloogian, a former California lawmaker, called current policies class warfare in which the government uses power "to steal from those who have earned things to give to those who haven't."
Two Iowa Republican statehouse candidates also spoke.
The group heads to Sioux City later Monday and then to Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday.
Stops in Missouri are planned for later in the week.
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