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  •  I think now is the right time for T Vilsack (0+ / 0-)

    I hope he runs. He is the first in line. He has the best polls.

    B Braley can run for Governor, or can wait until 2016. It would be a better year for an open seat in IA-01.

    •  From the last PPP poll for 2014 in Iowa (0+ / 0-)

      T Harkin +5% over T Branstad
      T Vilsack +3% over T Branstad
      T Branstad +2% over C Culver
      T Branstad +4% over B Braley
      T Harkin +9% over T Latham
      T Harkin +11% over S King

      From these numbers I think the US House representatives of both sides are in a very close level with T Vilsack and T Branstad making a difference for both sides, with advantage for T Vilsack over T Branstad.

      I think it would be smart to take profit from the advantage of T Vilsack. He would have likely as easy bid as T Harkin, because I doubt a lot that T Branstad or T Latham would risk all in a race vs T Vilsack. I think they would wait to the retirement of C Grassley if T Vilsack runs.

      •  Question. (0+ / 0-)

        Has Branstad ever expressed interest in running for anything besides re-election to Governor, or is including him speculation?

        If you listen to fools, the Mob Rules

        by CO Democrat on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:05:39 AM PST

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