Former Governor Terry Branstad, a 2010 Republican candidate who is seeking a fifth term as governor, is the guest on this weekend’s edition of “Iowa Press” on IPTV. (That’s a link to the general show website; the video from this morning’s taping has not yet been posted.) UPDATE: Here is a link to the Branstad show.
After the program, Branstad expanded on something he said during the taping — that current Governor Chet Culver (a Democrat) is improperly interfering with state regulatory agencies. Branstad cites three instances. Read about it here.
I was on the set, asking questions. I asked Branstad why he needed a fifth term as governor; whether it was a good idea in an anti-incumbent year for Iowa Republicans to have Terry Branstad and Chuck Grassley at the top of the ticket and whether he thinks gambling is economic development. I also asked about his health care reform tour of the state with former G0vernor Tom Vilsack and about accusations from former State Auditor Richard Johnson (a Republican) that Branstad was a profligate spender as governor. Iowa Press moderator Dean Borg and Mike Glover of the Associated Press asked questions as well — listen/watch tonight for their questions and Branstad’s answers.
Also today, Branstad announced he’ll host a statewide “Iowa Vision 2020″ Summit on May 15.