Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.
Branstad refutes Washington Post claim he supports Pawlenty in 2012
Gov. Terry Branstad took to Twitter Thursday morning to respond to a column by the Washington Post’s David Broder claiming the five-term Republican has already thrown his support behind former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for president in the upcoming Iowa Caucuses.
Broder, writing about the National Governors Association meeting in late February, discussed how Branstad could be a kingmaker in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
From the Post:
An exceptionally skilled politician, Branstad is generally counted in the Pawlenty camp. His support is the main reason Pawlenty is given a chance in the leadoff caucuses – even against Huckabee, the surprise 2008 winner in Iowa; Romney, who has invested heavily in organizing the state; and perhaps others, including Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House.
Branstad immediately denied the story, saying he will remain neutral in the Caucuses in two Twitter posts.