For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2013
Terry Branstad, What Do You Think: Shut Down, Default or Defund?
Des Moines – As Terry Branstad heads to Washington D.C. this week to rub elbows with the vanguards of GOP extremism, Iowans do not have a straight answer on their governor’s position on the Tea Party’s reckless and irresponsible plan to shut down the government.
Tomorrow, Governor Branstad will raise money with the Republican Party’s most extreme and offensive right wing leaders – including some who are leading the charge on the government shutdown. Tea Party driven Republicans like Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are set on taking the country down a reckless and irresponsible path of threatening the financial stability of the country on the basis of defunding Obamacare. On the other hand, even Senator Rand Paul and Governor Scott Walker have called the shutdown and default “a dumb idea.” Governor Branstad – who has tried to cast himself as a moderate within an increasingly-extremist Republican Party – needs to take a position as he relies on these Tea Party leaders to fund his reelection campaign.
“Despite the clear evidence that it’s both bad policy and bad politics, some Republicans in Washington have made these plans the centerpiece of their fall obstruction agenda,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. “But we haven’t heard one word from Terry Branstad. Has he surrendered to the Tea Party base that is calling the shots in today’s GOP like Senator Chuck Grassley, or will he stand alongside Iowans and find common ground? Today’s Republicans have clearly not learned from the past, as they are more extreme and out of touch than ever, and yet again, they are threatening the world economy if they don’t get exactly what they want. The GOP Civil War is over and it’s clear the Tea Party won. These kinds of partisan stunts are not what Iowans want.”
Business leaders including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and economists have made clear that a default or a shutdown would be devastating for the economy – and as Iowa’s unemployment numbers continue to move in the wrong direction, Iowans can’t afford such a disastrous economic setback. It is clear that Terry Branstad is more interested in filling his campaign coffers with his buddies on the far right than standing up for the values and basic economic security that Iowans depend on.