Governor Terry Branstad had his weekly news conference this morning and joked with reporters that he wished more than just one of the nine people who’ve been nominated to be Iowa Supreme Court Justices had donated to his 2010 campaign. He also addressed criticism after it was disclosed his grandchild is enrolled in free preschool. Read all about it (and listen to the entire news conference) here.
Branstad also addressed a recent David Broder column in which Broder counted Branstad as a backer of former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s bid for the White House. From that February 3, 2011 column:
…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 said this morning he hasn’t endorsed anyone and was “flabbergasted” to read what Broder wrote. Branstad also discussed the potential threat of straw polls being held in Illinois and Florida before the Iowa Caucuses. You can listen to his remarks about these subjects here.