A number of newspapers endorsed candidates over the weekend. Below is a run down of the endorsements that were made over the weekend.
The Des Moines Register Endorses Branstad
“Making Iowa a better place to live should be the focus of the campaign between the GOP nominee and Democrat Chet Culver, who was elected governor in 2006. Of the three GOP candidates, Branstad, 63, is best prepared to conduct such a campaign. He has the strongest credentials as a leader: four terms as governor and six years as president of Des Moines University. Though his management of state government was not always impressive, he is pragmatic and he listens to people.”
The Sioux City Journal Endorses Branstad
Today Iowa faces myriad economic and budget challenges – including high unemployment, high debt, a potential high budget deficit for fiscal 2012 and high taxes – as it seeks to emerge from national recession. Because he guided the state from the depths of the farm crisis in 1983 to near-record employment, nearly $1 billion in reserves and a reorganized state government in 1999, Branstad is uniquely qualified to address our state’s fiscal troubles.
The Fort Dodge Messenger
Branstad’s time as governor was an era when difficult problems were addressed with unusual competence. No-nonsense common sense was the order of the day. Perhaps that’s why – according to data released by Branstad – when he was governor, state spending averaged $1,700 per person while under Culver that has jumped nearly 18 percent in constant dollars to $2,000 per person. It may also explain why in 1999 Branstad ended his remarkable four terms as governor with a $900 million state surplus. That’s in sharp contrast to the nearly $1 billion shortfall Culver visited upon this state.
U.S. Senate Endorsement
The Des Moines Register Endorses Tom Fiegen
Fiegen’s early life experience – including his own parents’ problems during the farm crisis – piqued his interest in bankruptcy law. And he talks with compassion about the difficulties average Iowans face, such as the pain endured during the floods of 2008. He said he has taken everything from chickens to sweet corn as payment for his legal work.
He can get riled up about an issue, but properly channeled that passion is an asset in politics. He generally does his homework on issues and is soft-spoken, good qualities for working across the aisle in Washington.
Third District Congressional Endorsement
The Des Moines Register Endorses Mark Rees
Rees rightly dismisses many of his opponents’ ideas. There aren’t enough votes to repeal health care, he said, or to override a veto. In response to Welch’s comments about killing Afghans and Iraqis, he said, “I find that shocking coming from someone running for Congress.”
He agrees with the government’s recent intervention to rescue the U.S. economy from something far more disastrous than a recession; he sees a need to tighten Wall Street regulations; and he favors a legal path to citizenship for illegal immigrants willing to go to the back of the line.
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