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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Iowa Independent: Speculation continues on Branstad running mate

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Last week, during a stop in Cedar Rapids, former Gov. Terry Branstad
was asked about the likelihood that he could choose former rival
Christian Fong as his lieutenant governor. Branstad, who has been
traveling around the state holding events but has not yet officially
joined the race, said it was too early to be talking about picking a
running mate. ... To many, it seems strange that this early in the
process, with the Republican gubernatorial primary more than six
months away, to be discussing running mates. But rumors have been
swirling around a potential Branstad pick for months. In September,
one of his chief rivals, Bob Vander Plaats, took a shot at Branstad
when he said he was "not looking to balance the ticket with somebody
who is moderate or liberal," alluding to the choice of abortion-rights
supporter Joy Corning by Branstad in 1990. Branstad seemed to respond
during an October meeting with a group of social conservative leaders.
He said he planned to choose a younger conservative to run with him,
which led many to look at the 32-year-old Fong.

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