Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Branstad: Iowans won't rush to judge Cain

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, talking with reporters today about the Herman Cain controversy.

“Iowans are pretty fair-minded people and just because somebody makes an accusation and anybody that’s in a high-profile position (has) the potential to have people make these kind of accusations.

.... I think Iowans will, you know, carefully look at the real situation and not jump to any conclusion.”

To that point, a Des Moines Register focus group shows resilient support for Cain, thus far.

As befits a state's governor, Branstad was considerably more critical of Mitt Romney and Herman Cain for missing today's jobs forum in the state.

“They missed out on the opportunity to address the number one issue in this campaign and that is creating jobs,” Branstad said. “…It was not a situation where (there were) a lot of gotcha questions, but it was really an open-ended opportunity to talk about reducing regulatory and tax burdens and revitalizing the American economy.”