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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Branstad underwhelms and other highlights from the GOP fundraiser

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty headlined the Republican Party of
Iowa's fall fundraising dinner on Saturday night, but I was more
interested in the remarks by Republican candidates for governor. O.Kay
Henderson and Craig Robinson live-blogged the proceedings, and the
video is available at C-SPAN's site. Former Governor Terry Branstad
wasn't at the top of his game, stumbling at times, reading from notes
and messing up his applause lines. Kathie Obradovich observed, "The
audience of about 500 at the Republican Party of Iowa's "Leadership
for Iowa" dinner was polite. But there was no sense of excitement for
the candidate who many believe is the favorite for the nomination."
... State Senator Jerry Behn was first up, and he still looks like a
candidate for lieutenant governor to me. He wants to create jobs, get
back to basics in education, and remove the Supreme Court justices who
cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Iowa. What makes him
different from the other Republicans in this race?

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