Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

posted at 2:01 pm on January 31, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

I’m rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that’s worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation’s history. He insisted that he wasn’t going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn’t want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest of the candidates felt about Branstad as they jumped all over each other to congratulate and praise him.

“Congrats to Iowa’s @TerryBranstad as he becomes the longest serving governor in U.S. history today! -John #iacaucus,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted, with a picture of himself and the governor.

“Congratulations to @TerryBranstad for becoming America’s longest serving governor,” said Rick Santorum, who narrowly won the Iowa caucus in 2012 despite losing his bid for the GOP nomination.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s spokesman noted the anniversary on Twitter, as well.

“Good read: AP’s @catherine_lucey profiles @TerryBranstad as he nears historic record as longest serving Gov ever,” Alex Conant tweeted.

Well, we’re down to the final hours and Branstad still isn’t technically endorsing anybody, but he may be sending a signal. Despite the well wishes I noted in the article above, the Governor will be showing up at an event tonight with the Governor of New Jersey. (CNN)

Chris Christie is relying on deep connections to long-time Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to boost his Iowa campaign. Now, he’s going to get a helping hand from Branstad himself.

While the six-term governor will not officially endorse his New Jersey counterpart, Branstad will introduce Christie at his West Des Moines rally on Sunday night. For a candidate sitting at around 2% in the polls, it’s quite an assist. Yet it tracks with how — and why — Christie’s late Iowa push came to fruition.

“Team Branstad is with Team Christie,” the New Jersey governor said at one point during a town hall Friday, one of about a dozen mentions of Branstad during the event at a Burlington baked goods shop and restaurant.

Before getting to the heart of the question, there’s one quick side note for Chris Christie: you could have announced that Branstad was going to stand by your side nearly anywhere you liked, Governor. But you picked a bakery? Seriously? It’s like you’re just asking for more donut jokes.

But getting back to the question of the moment, does Branstad actually intent this to be a signal of support to his loyal following in his home state? If so… why? Sure, Christie was all on board with King Corn as soon as he got in the race, but so was nearly everyone else. And if you’re looking to give a boost to the best candidate for your socially conservative, evangelical base in Iowa, Christie again seems like a peculiar choice. I’ll tack on one more bit of criteria here and add that the Governor himself has commented on the need for Iowa to back a winner this season. There were easily a half dozen other choices to look at without tapping the guy who only makes it above 4% in one state – New Hampshire – and not by that much of a margin there.

The more I dwell on this today, the more I begin to think that Branstad and Christie are just friends and he doesn’t mind doing him a small favor. A second, more mundane explanation is that the location was just convenient to the Governor’s plans this evening. If I really have to stretch the fabric of the political universe and read something into the tea leaves, he might be concerned about giving even the appearance of an endorsement by showing up in the vicinity of anyone in the top five and decided to watch the show with a guy who is still not going to get above 2%.

Exit question: I know Branstad remains popular among Republicans in Iowa, but does he still have that kind of juice? Could he show up today and campaign with somebody and really swing the numbers in the final 24 hours if he had gone with Trump or Rubio? It just strikes me as unlikely.

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Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

…at a doughnut shop?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 31, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Branstads organization has been for Christie all along.

However Brandstad is mostly anti-cruz

gerrym51 on January 31, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Safe.

butch on January 31, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Cover photo – Krispie Kreme is now using the “hands up don’t shoot” approach…..

dentarthurdent on January 31, 2016 at 2:06 PM

OT:

In Iowa today Cruz campaigns with Beck who says he will support Hillary over Trump.

But…

This just revealed:

Glenn Beck 2011… PRAISING TRUMP:

13 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK7czPEsj0w&i=BeckPraisesTrump

Glenn Beck: “Look, Donald Trump, here’s a guy that I really respect. Here’s a guy who GETS THINGS DONE, in New York. You want to have somebody fix our country. Donald Trump is a guy who could economically fix our country.”

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:08 PM

Christie is running for President?

When did this happen?

Magicjava on January 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM

…isn’t Kristy Kreme still head of the Governor’s Association..??

…does Branstad need something from the other Gov’s..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 31, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Brandstand is proving that Cruz is right on ethanol.

It’s a shame Cruz is so weak on immigration or I’d support him.

It’s still not too late for Cruz to change his positions on Muslim immigration, deportation, and e-verify.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Iowans are not fooled

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 2:19 PM

OT

Thank obama and Kerry

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 2:20 PM

IOWA for TRUMP @LandmanMarius jan 30

BREAKING: Trump has foresight. First to mobilize teams to enroll Rep expats.
AUS 87K Trump 75.5%
NZ 48K Trump 71%
SAfrica 94K Trump 94.5%

Interesting… 94% of South African expats are for Trump!
That actually means something.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Could he show up today and campaign with somebody and really swing the numbers in the final 24 hours if he had gone with Trump or Rubio? It just strikes me as unlikely.

He only aims to take votes away. No chance in heck for Christie to win.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Exit answer: No. Branstad knows the caucus process doesn’t turn on a dime like that. I think Branstad is simply currying favor with the RINO hackstablishment for future employment elsewhere in the political machine. Plus, he despises Cruz and Vander Plaats.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 31, 2016 at 2:24 PM

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Serious question. Can Trump do no wrong in your eyes? Because the crap u bash Cruz for is pretty silly compared to Trump’s transgressions.

Jack_Burton on January 31, 2016 at 2:41 PM

…at a doughnut shop?

It was LITERALLY at a donut shop!

Jazz Shaw on January 31, 2016 at 2:51 PM

It’s to take votes away from Rubio and ensure Trump wins.

huckleberryfriend on January 31, 2016 at 2:52 PM

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

aaand how many votes do they get?

No South African is going to convince me
to vote for anyone

neither are you.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Serious question. Can Trump do no wrong in your eyes? Because the crap u bash Cruz for is pretty silly compared to Trump’s transgressions.

Jack_Burton on January 31, 2016 at 2:41 PM

its so unfair isent it! you need to see trump speeches to understand. he is like_ “oh they wanted to put a threshold in florida to get delegates and i was like no way because i expected poor results, now i am winning in florida, so they ask me again and i said, yeah, i fully agree with it”.

the crowds laugh, its like everyone,trump and his supports , are all making fun of politicians and the political system. of course, once you support trump, you get to enjoy trump flip flopping and consider it a plus and even laugh at the confused media.

there are however a few things trump must do:
never flip flop on the wall and immigration.
allways real against polititians

nathor on January 31, 2016 at 2:58 PM

It’s to take votes away from Rubio and ensure Trump wins.

Then why not just endorse Trump? Why do it in this silly, roundabout fashion?

MidAtlantic Moderate on January 31, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Serious question. Can Trump do no wrong in your eyes? Because the crap u bash Cruz for is pretty silly compared to Trump’s transgressions.

Jack_Burton on January 31, 2016 at 2:41 PM

A serious answer is: YES.

In fact I’ve done many posts very critical of Trump, including this one just the day before yesterday.

And as far as Cruz, see my 2:13pm comment in this thread where I praise Cruz.

And criticism of Cruz on immigration isn’t “crap.” It’s real.

>> Cruz REJECTS Trump’s Deportation Plan.
>> Cruz REJECTS Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Cruz’s lawyerspeak on immigration:

Reporter asks Ted Cruz four times: “How do you define amnesty?”
http://hotair.com/archives/2015/12/01/reporter-asks-ted-cruz-four-times-how-do-you-define-amnesty/

Crickets…

Is that all “crap?”

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Good—-will take away votes from Rubio…..

Love the Ethanol loving Branstead.

It’s Welfare for the entire state.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Btw the Beck video praising Trump is gold. I can see why you guys are so excited about it. Countdown until the Trump camp cuts a quick internet ad with the sad clown’s endorsement.

MidAtlantic Moderate on January 31, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Stalker Trump…..the great Womanizer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3424519/The-comb-creep-hates-women-know-SELINA-SCOTT-reveals-Donald-Trump-failed-seduce-stalked-20-years.html

If you loved Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby and how they “love” women….

…you’ll love what Trumpy will do to your daughters, and wives.

TRUMP 2016!!!!!

For the Gals!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:06 PM

neither are you.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Have you considered changing your screen name to Fred so you don’t have to a line every post writing Fred?

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Behold a note from the THIN SKINNED TRUMP.

http://www.sportsgrid.com/nba/kareem-abdul-jabbar-and-donald-trump-go-at-it-over-social-media/

The great American Bully!!!

Intimidation and fear for all 2016!

Make Americans Scared Again!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:09 PM

So Donald is now trying to buy votes…..

Realdemocrat1 on January 31, 2016 at 3:10 PM

A vote for Rubio is a vote for AMNESTY…..

A vote for Donald is a vote for ObamaCare SINGLE PAYER…..

Realdemocrat1 on January 31, 2016 at 3:12 PM

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:00 PM

for me, Trump attitude on immigration must be 100% committed. if he changes is tune, then he loses my support. he says that he will build a wall, and make our immigration system work for legal immigrants.

however, most of his theatrics, I understand as mere trolling the media which he must do to dominate the political conversation. i really dont care if he he says Cruz is canadian or from burkina faso, i always support him, make half baked excuses for him and laugh at drama.

I am having tons of fun with supporting Trump.

nathor on January 31, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Have you considered changing your screen name to Fred so you don’t have to a line every post writing Fred?

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:08 PM

nope

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:13 PM

TED CRUZ is the PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVE in this race….Voters in Iowa now have to choose….

Realdemocrat1 on January 31, 2016 at 3:13 PM

“How stupid are the people of Iowa?”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/260028-trump-us-stupid-for-buying-carsons-stabbing-story

If Trump loses on Monday night how long before Trump either attacks the voters and blames them or files a lawsuit against his opponents or someone in Iowa about the results? Will he wrote a nasty note to the Secretary of the State and threaten them?

Bully2016!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:14 PM

If you loved Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby and how they “love” women….

…you’ll love what Trumpy will do to your daughters, and wives.

TRUMP 2016!!!!!

For the Gals!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:06 PM

i am sure millions were spent in oppo research by now, but nothing came up

nathor on January 31, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Trump sounds like he thinks his fans are stupid and just jump like a trained dog when he whistles…..

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/01/30/trump-when-audiences-get-bored-use-wall/79573388/

Ruuuuffffff Rufffffffff.

Make America Great at Bullying again!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:16 PM

The sooner that fat piece of sh-t loses and goes home, the better.

Ted the Average on January 31, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Big whoopty sh!t.

Indiana Jim on January 31, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Chris Christie probably made a lot of friends in the 2014 cycle when he was running the largely successful campaign to get Republican governors reelected.

I think the friend theory may well be right. That said, Branstad sticking a knife into Cruz isn’t something I’ll forget if he decides to stop being Governor-for-life of Iowa and run for higher office.

Jill1066 on January 31, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Way to go out on a limb Branstat. Youll probably place a bet for BOTH the broncos and the Panthers to win…..

Indiana Jim on January 31, 2016 at 3:22 PM

nope

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:13 PM

If you did you would free up more space on this blog.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:22 PM

The Great Intimidator…..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3424885/How-vengeful-Trump-left-crass-voicemail-political-pundit-mocked-bouffant.html

Just imagine the love letter that Bransteads son tries to run for the gop nomination for Governor when Trump gets elected and runs the show?

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN……by giving Trump unquestioned power!!!

Yayyyyyy……BULLY!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2016 at 3:23 PM

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:22 PM

what
so you could post more of your same ol’ shit
day after day
after day
after day
.
.
.
.
.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Branstad is a corporatist who fattens himself and his donors at the government-mandated ethanol trough.

Endorsing the anti-Second Amendment liberal Republican governor from NJ makes sense.

MidniteRambler on January 31, 2016 at 3:29 PM

so you could post more of your same ol’ shit

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:25 PM

That’s not what I said at all. As usual all you can do is insult me. Like you’re some kind of genius yourself. Nope.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:29 PM

If you did you would free up more space on this blog.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:22 PM

explain

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Donald is now openly touting his UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE SINGLE PAYER support. Conservative will now have to choose whether or not they support this….

This is in stark contrast to TED CRUZ

Realdemocrat1 on January 31, 2016 at 3:40 PM

explain

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:39 PM

If you can’t understand the simple point I made then that explains it.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:46 PM

If you can’t understand the simple point I made then that explains it.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 3:46 PM

reckon so

thanks for your concern
don’t really need your
advice on how to sign my posts.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 4:07 PM

reckon so

thanks for your concern
don’t really need your
advice on how to sign my posts.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Of course that’s not what I was talking about there. Duh.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Branstad is as establishment as it gets. He,s all for subsidies and mandates as long as they’re for his state. He,s a patsy on pro life and he’s pro common core. Not surprising he’s fronting for Christy.

Free Indeed on January 31, 2016 at 4:48 PM

It was LITERALLY at a donut shop!

Jazz Shaw on January 31, 2016 at 2:51 PM

If they sell cornbread there, that’s what Christie will be eating.

jon1979 on January 31, 2016 at 5:01 PM

reckon so

thanks for your concern
don’t really need your
advice on how to sign my posts.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Of course that’s not what I was talking about there. Duh.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 4:17 PM

why are you messing with Fred

Axe

Axe on January 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM

why are you messing with Fred

Axe on January 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM

I don’t know why you blame me. Fred start picking on me, as he’s done that many times in the past. But I’m the one that takes the heat?

so you could post more of your same ol’ shit
day after day

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 31, 2016 at 3:25 PM

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Cant we all just get along? Jim

Indiana Jim on January 31, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Brandstand is proving that Cruz is right on ethanol.

It’s a shame Cruz is so weak on immigration or I’d support him.

It’s still not too late for Cruz to change his positions on Muslim immigration, deportation, and e-verify.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:13 PM

He’s not weaker than Trump is. He has a realistic version of Trump’s ideas imho. One that is doable. Banning all Muslims writ large and explicitly is impossible. The R’s will block him forsure.

Same with the blanket “deportation force” before he inexplicably “lets the good ones come back”. The Cruz deportation plan is basically hard core attrition, cutting off all sanctuary cities, everify, welfare of all kinds, and deportation when they come into custody (no catch and release).

Cruz’s position is also more electable,it just is,and he wont make a deal as easily as the Donald.

Charliecrown on January 31, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Jazz. Why is it the “eleventh hour”??? Would the “twentythird hour” be more applicable???

Indiana Jim on January 31, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Jazz. Why is it the “eleventh hour”??? Would the “twentythird hour” be more applicable???

Indiana Jim on January 31, 2016 at 5:46 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eleventh_Hour

Rix on January 31, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Loved Gov. Branstad’s defense/celebration of the “alternative energy” industry in his State during his panel appearance on today’s Fox News Sunday, and how important it is for Iowans and America.
Personally, I think a Federal RICO class-action suit should be filed against him, that “industry” he promotes (such as the makers of those “windmill” blades just had to mention that chop birds up – including Bald Eagles), and every farmer that sells corn to an ethanol distiller.

Another Drew on January 31, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Brandstand is proving that Cruz is right on ethanol.

It’s a shame Cruz is so weak on immigration or I’d support him.

It’s still not too late for Cruz to change his positions on Muslim immigration, deportation, and e-verify.

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 2:13 PM

On E-Verify. Exhibits for convenience, a conclusion at the end.

————

Strengthen E-Verify. E-Verify – a federal program that lets employers verify the legal status of job applicants – is essential to ensuring that employers are not hiring illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking Americans and legal immigrants. Despite E-Verify’s proven accuracy and success, Congress and President Obama have obstructed its availability. A Cruz Administration will:

Treat E-Verify as a national security tool: Push to have E-Verify both permanently reauthorized in statute and deemed an essential national security screening tool, to ensure that it operates in the event of a lapse in funding.

Require E-Verify for all federal contractors and subcontractors: Require all federal government contractors and subcontractors to use E-Verify. Companies that refuse to use E-Verify will be barred from receiving federal contracts.

Make E-Verify effortless for the private sector: Determine ways to expand E-Verify without burdening employers.

Cruz Immigration Plan

————

Cruz, alone among these four candidates [Trump, Bush, Cruz, Rubio], has not come out for making e-verify mandatory in the private sector.

Immigration: Where Republican Candidates Stand, and Where They Used To

————

“E-Verify is an intrusive labor-market regulation that places the onus of immigration law enforcement on American employers. E-Verify is expensive, and it has a startling degree of inaccuracy. It could exclude hundreds of thousands of Americans from employment—at least in the short run. E-Verify is also ineffective at preventing unauthorized immigrants from working in the United States, as the experience of Arizona with its E-Verify mandate shows. E-Verify does not lower wages for unauthorized immigrants enough to suppress unlawful immigration because the wage gap between the United States and other countries is too great. A national E-Verify mandate would not turn off the jobs magnet, but it would spur more unlawful immigrants to engage in identity theft and work under the table.”

Cato

————

Cruz’s E-Verify position is probably the other candidates’ as well. The Cato policy paper was scathing of E-Verify, and I don’t actually agree with most of its conclusions, but I put it up because it is so scathing and because it shows that resistance to a Federal mandate isn’t only a matter of political correctness or affinity for soft “illegal immigration” positions. It’s broader than that. Cruz’s position recognizes those concerns. I think his published position is politically calculated, the same way the others’ positions are politically calculated, but I would guess they will all do exactly the same thing in the end, which is to defer to smoothing it out before demanding universal implementation.

Axe on January 31, 2016 at 6:21 PM

why are you messing with Fred

Axe on January 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM

I don’t know why you blame me. Fred start picking on me, as he’s done that many times in the past. But I’m the one that takes the heat?

anotherJoe on January 31, 2016 at 5:36 PM

I reckon he did

Axe

Axe on January 31, 2016 at 6:23 PM

On ethanol all are wrong and Cruz is the most right of the bunch.

Mh, on the strict topic.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM

But getting back to the question of the moment, does Branstad actually intent this to be a signal of support to his loyal following in his home state? If so… why?

This isn’t that hard a question – Christie was Chair of RGA when Branstad ran for reelection. Christie poured millions into the IA Governor race even though Branstad’s win was basically a fait accompli. No one else in the race at the moment provided anything near as big a financial assist to ol’ Terry.

Hostile Gospel on January 31, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

…at a doughnut shop?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 31, 2016 at 2:03 PM

He’s trying to earn the coveted police union endorsement.

dominigan on February 1, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Probably not significant because branstad isn’t anyone and Christie’s polling in Iowa was well known.

virgo on February 2, 2016 at 12:56 AM