For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2013
Terry Branstad Does the Texas Two Step
Stands first with Tea Party Extremist Ted Cruz, now Rick Perry
Des Moines – Less than two weeks after Terry Branstad and Ted Cruz led the Republican Party’s top dinner, Branstad is now standing with another extremist from the Lone Star State – Absentee Governor Rick Perry.
Kicking off another stop on his Ignore Governing Texas Tour, Governor Rick Perry hosted an economic roundtable discussion today with Koch-brothers funded Super PAC Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which has a long record of supporting legislation that would damage Iowa’s economy and likely create another manufactured economic crisis. AFP has rallied the Tea Party extremists on the elimination of the wind energy production tax credit, opposing the Farm Bill and pushing for the repeal of the renewable fuels standard. And in perfect Tea Party political harmony, Rick Perry praised Governor Terry Branstad for a “very sound formula for growth” and “bring[ing] the American economy back to prosperity.”
“Iowans should not be surprised that another Texas Tea Party Republican like Rick Perry is coming to town to stand next to Terry Branstad,” said Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price. “Rick Perry has a strong record of giving corporations large tax breaks while hurting middle class Americans. Now, he is coming to town to stand next to the guy that is doing the same thing here in Iowa. Terry Branstad’s economic policies have done further damage to the middle class, laying out massive tax cuts for large, corrupt corporations that hurt jobs and cut funding for education. These two represent Koch-brothers extremism at its finest, and it is time to send both of them packing.”