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Do You Agree With the Party Platform? | Iowa Republican Governor Debate (May 20, 2010)

posted on May 20, 2010

Henderson: This next question goes first to Mr. Branstad. If you are elected governor would you feel obligated to implement the components of the Republican Party platform? If not, why not?

Branstad: Well, I think the party platform is an outline of what you want to accomplish.  But I think we need to focus on the future of our state and I've already set out some very basic goals and I also know you can't accomplish everything so you need to focus on those things that are your top priorities. Right now Iowans need jobs, that's why I've set a goal of 200,000 jobs, raising family incomes by 25%, restoring our leadership position in education and reducing the size and cost of government by 15%. And that needs to be the first order of business.

Branstad: We need to basically sunset -- we had a Vision 20/20 conference last weekend, brought people in from all over the state to get their best ideas and one of the things that came out of that was sunset all departments and programs systematically and review and eliminate those things that are less important and find more efficient ways to deliver services at less cost to the taxpayers. So, that will be my focus over trying to do every single item there might be in the platform.

Henderson: Mr. Roberts.

Roberts: There's no question about what the governor does serve in a leadership position with his respective party and I'm a republican, a conservative republican. Philosophically I certainly align with the core tenets and values stated in the Republican Party’s platform. But when an individual aspires to the office of governor and has the opportunity to serve the people as governor your first priority and important task is to serve the people of Iowa.

Roberts: The people come before and above party. I have already stated that I will support the republican nominee, whoever that is, and I will do all I can to help that individual, if it wouldn't be me, to win in November. That is about being a part of a team, a republican team. But when you are governor your first job is to do the very best that you can advancing what is in the best interest of the people of Iowa. It's the people you serve, not the party and that will be my commitment.

Henderson: Mr. Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats: Republicans, democrats and independents all over the state, they're looking for leadership, they're looking for real life leadership. I think they reflect the mood that you saw on Tuesday. They are not looking for politics as usual or political establishment or political lead, they want real life leadership. I consider it an honor to run as a republican and represent the republican platform. And pretty much that represents your core convictions, your core values, the sanctity of human life, standing up for one man-one woman marriage, standing up to the Constitution. And what the party wants to know, they want you to lead on jobs and the economy, they want you to lead on education, they want you to lead on health care and a variety of other issues but they want to know what are your core values and convictions.

Vander Plaats: They also want to know who are you going to surround yourself with. Will they represent those same core values and convictions? That's why I've been very open that my lieutenant governor candidate and choice will share my core values and convictions because we learned back in 1990 and then again back in 1994 that we had a lieutenant governor nominee appointed by former Governor Branstad that didn't share those values and convictions and that is one heartbeat away from the governorship. So, yes, I do respect the party platform and I'm glad to be running as a republican candidate for governor.

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