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Iowa Dems target Branstad
The Iowa Democratic Party is pulling no punches in attacking former Gov. Terry Branstad, despite the fact that he has not officially entered the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Responding to a statewide radio advertisement launched Monday by a group called Draft Branstad PAC aimed at convincing the four-term former governor to seek his party’s nomination in 2010, the IDP issued a point-by-point counter attack it called a “corrected version of the misleading radio ad.”
Branstad Original Iowa Democratic Party Response With soaring budget deficits, more spending and higher taxes, it’s easy to forget we once had real leadership in Des Moines.
It wasn’t so long ago. Remember? Governor Terry Branstad. Born, raised and educated in Iowa.
Branstad became the youngest Governor in Iowa history.
As Governor, Branstad cut taxes and balanced the budget, displaying fiscal discipline sorely needed in Des Moines today.
He worked to grow our economy and helped make Iowa education among the world’s best.
Branstad’s leadership guided Iowa through the farm crisis of the 1980′s and he worked with national leaders to help us recover from devastating floods in 1993.
Branstad now serves as President of Des Moines University, a private medical school whose graduates work to deliver quality health care all over Iowa.
Experienced leadership we can trust.
Draft Terry Branstad for Governor. Go to draftbranstad.com to learn more and join the movement to restore leadership to Iowa.
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Today Iowa has a balanced budget, and Governor Culver has invested for the future without raising taxes.
It wasn’t always that way. Remember?
In 1982, Terry Branstad became the youngest Governor in Iowa history.
As Governor, Terry Branstad raised taxes on Iowans time and again.
First, Branstad raised the sales tax by 67%. Next, he raised the gas tax. Finally, he raised business taxes by $25 million
While he was Governor family farms were auctioned off during the Farm Crisis in the mid-1980s.
Not enough was done under his leadership for flood prevention after the 1993 disaster, and Iowa paid dearly in 2008.
And who can forget the two sets of books as Branstad tried to hide a $400 million deficit. Even the sitting Republican auditor criticized Branstad for his misleading budgeting.
The auditor went so far as to say “a rational basis has not been used” to keep track of the state budget deficit.
Terry Branstad is leadership we can’t afford again.
Paid for by the Iowa Democratic Party
Some might consider it unusual for the state party to attack someone who is not yet a candidate, but IDP chairman Michael Kiernan said last month that “it is important for you to understand, despite his game of political hide-and-seek, that Terry Branstad is, indeed, a candidate for governor.”
Branstad has continually said he has not made up his mind about running for governor but will announced by October.