IOWA – Not long ago, Iowa’s Terry Branstad gained distinction as the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, pushing past the 20-year, 11-month mark with two years still remaining in his record-setting sixth term.
To call him an Iowa institution is a bit like saying they grow a lot of corn in the countryside, or that it gets cold in the winter.
Part of Branstad’s appeal is a studious anti-charisma. He is a dull speaker, conservative in a mainstream Republican manner and, while personally gracious, not the least bit dynamic. Think pressed turkey and mayonnaise on white bread.
He is dutiful, though, earnest to a fault and a constant presence in the lives of Iowans; Branstad will show up at the opening of envelope, however remote the occasion, and stay until they stack the chairs and kill the lights.
So it was a bit surprising Monday when the typically reserved Branstad lent credence to the inflammatory question of whether Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and co-front-runner in Iowa’s Feb. 1 caucuses, is eligible to serve as president. (read more)
♦ Ted Cruz was for South American Refugees (2014 – link) “Soccer Ball and Teddy Bear Delivery” before he was against SA/Mexican refugees and promoting a border wall (2015) – He cannot square that factual circle ~ Research Outline
♦ Ted Cruz was for Taking More Syrian Refugees (2014 – link), specifically dismissing the threat of terror embeds, before he was against taking Syrian Refugees (2015 – link) – He cannot square that factual circle. ~ Research Outline