Iowa Gov. Branstad wants to remain neutral in 2012 GOP presidential race
Gov. Terry Branstad indicated he wants to be a “good host” during the 2012 GOP presidential contest and, therefore, is unlikely to endorse a candidate in the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
“I have not ruled out the possibility, but I think it’s probably still unlikely that I’m going to endorse,” Branstad told Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics.
“Maybe if there’s a situation where one candidate I believe is truly the strongest, but generally speaking, my position has been to welcome all the candidates and encourage them to spend some time in Iowa and meet the people.”
Branstad agreed with the consensus of panelists for The Iowa Independent’s 2012 Power Rankings that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee remains a front-runner in the Hawkeye State, and also offered a word of warning to those who are considering skipping Iowa, saying such a strategy would be “dangerous.”