Bleeding Heartland: New Branstad running mate speculation thread
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
It might seem presumptuous to talk about former Governor Terry Branstad's running mate when the guy finished fifth in a Republican straw poll last week, but bear with me. Branstad has work to do with the social conservative wing of the Iowa GOP. Those voters carried him in the 1982 and 1994 Republican primaries, but in those races, he faced more moderate opponents. The current GOP field has no moderates, and Bob Vander Plaats is campaigning against Branstad from the right. Last week Branstad tried to reassure prominent figures on the religious right about his intentions. Conservative blogger Shane Vander Hart attended this meeting and felt it did not go well for Branstad. Mike Demastus had less kind words for the former governor after the meeting. The posts by Vander Hart and Demastus are must-reads, and I'll have more to say about them in the future. The most important things I learned from Vander Hart: 1) Branstad is promising to choose a conservative running mate.