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May 13th, 2010

Branstad Set to Respond to Liberal Attack

Prominent Iowa Democrats are trying to influence the Republican gubernatorial primary. The group running the ads is Iowans for Responsible Government, which is headed by former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Rob Tully.

The group began running TV ads on the Fox News channel yesterday. The ad buy totals $43,790 and is scheduled to run through next Monday. Iowans for Responsible Government also mailed Republican households in the state. The advertisement cites an article written by Steve Deace, a radio talk show host and early supporter of Bob Vander Plaats, which appeared in the Washington Times last month. has learned that the Branstad campaign will begin running a new TV ad tomorrow that responds to the attack. In the ad, Branstad says, “The liberal Democrats will try to hijack this campaign, but you know, together we turned this state around, and we can do it again.”

Branstad is being attacked for raising taxes and fees while Governor for 16 years. Branstad and his supporters, like State Auditor Dave Vaudt, say that Iowans should look at Branstad’s entire record, not just bits and pieces to score political points.

Branstad’s response points out that, as governor, he cut taxes by $124 million, balanced the budget, enforced spending limits, and left the state with a $900 million surplus.

When endorsing Branstad yesterday, State Auditor Dave Vaudt said, “If we had continued to live under the 99% spending limitation put in place under the Branstad administration, we wouldn’t be facing the challenges we are today. We would be in a much different situation. I believe governor Branstad is the one candidate who will be ready on day one to lead our efforts to restore fiscal responsibility in the state of Iowa.”

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Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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