Iowa Governor: 'Wide Open Race'

Gov. Terry Branstad on the GOP field two days before the Iowa caucuses.
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Seven candidates thirteen debates hundreds of rallies thousands of commercials millions of dollars but now it all comes down to just. One question who will Iowa voters. Pick on Tuesday night let's go to the Moines and Iowa Republican governor Terry Branstad governor happy new year thanks for joining us. Happy new year Ontario I think Graham a great turn out people want to change in direction. They know we can't sustain this increase in the national -- trillion dollars a year under Obama. And they don't like the fact that he's divided the country attacking the very people we need to invest -- great jobs. All right so what do you think is going to win on Tuesday who has the -- would you would you agree with the Des Moines Register there right now looks like it's. Between Romney and Ron Paul. Well also you -- Santorum kind of surging here at the end so I think it's a wide open race I've always. Said that a candidate like Santorum the goes to every county -- works really hard. What's the timing and builds organization has a good chance I think Romney also has come back and work very hard in the last few. Weeks and is at a very successful bus tour Ron -- has -- this state very hard as well. So those are the three that are the front runners but also. Rick Perry could do better than some people think and -- Gingrich of course was they had just the few weeks ago. -- -- -- it all depends on who turns out. And I think we're to -- a good turnout because. People want to replace Obama with somebody that's gonna restore fiscal integrity and focus on private sector jobs and grow the American economy again why. -- do you think this Republican caucus has been so volatile with so many front runners and so many people going up and down in the polls like a roller coaster. Well I think it's because of the debates as you said there been more debates than ever before I think social media has played a role as well. I think people are looking for the perfect candidate and most people come the realization there isn't a perfect candidate. But doubt we can't afford the direction the country's going. We need to choose the best in the strongest candidate with the best vision two -- recreate. The American dream and bring federal spending under control. And restore America's leadership position. There the Moines register poll which is a very respected poll indicates that. Governor Romney Mitt Romney is about where he always is around 25% in the -- But when you ask the Iowa caucus goers are potential caucus goers who is the most electable they overwhelmingly. Think. That Romney a plurality of -- think that Romney is the most electable. But his support is not there so what's going on there Iowa voters think that Romney is the most. It likely to beat Obama but they don't like him. Well I think they're looking for the perfect candidate and there are some things about Romney's record in Massachusetts they don't like. But in -- something's about the other candidates who don't like either but when compared Obama. And they see what Obama is an increase in the national -- a trillion dollars a year his attacks on the very people. That we need to invest and create private sector jobs the entrepreneurs and and then the business class in this country. I think people are looking for the best leader and and I can tell you. Did having been through several races for governor including beating an incumbent democratic governor two years ago. I also in those polls how was the one that people felt was the most likely to win. In I think Iowa voters an American. Voters want somebody they they're not happy with the direction the country they want to replace Obama. And I think that's an an important factor in the closing. Base year the Iowa caucus campaign. Governor has you know some establishment Republicans fear. That if Ron Paul wins it will be the death knell for the Iowa Caucuses tell us why that is not the case in -- you know. Well -- was always winnowed the field in so it's all by beating expectations here in so I think you got really three. Contenders and are gonna go out of Iowa. You're not in the top three and I when I told Jon Huntsman that. You're making a big mistake and he made a tragic mistake by not coming in campaigning here. The other candidates and have a -- Rick Santorum who didn't have a lot of resources but work very hard I think he may be rewarded for doing that and and -- Ron Paul I think. Deserves credit for putting a strong effort in here putting a lot of resource a lot of time -- and people like the fact he's been consistently against this. -- this deficit spending. And manipulation of the monetary system in this country. I think people have some misgivings about his positions on foreign policy and I think that's something that people are sort of focus on here. All right governor -- thanks so much for joining us and happy new year. Thank you same to you.

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