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Culver, Branstad debate third and final time

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa's two major-party candidates for governor have squared off for the last time.

Governor Chet Culver and former governor Terry Branstad met Thursday afternoon in Des Moines for their final debate.

The format made this debate different.  It was more about policy than politics.

After two debates focused on the candidates' records, this debate was meant to focus on Iowa's future.
Namely jobs, and when recruiting new businesses, what percentage should come from outside the state, and what should come from within.

Terry Branstad, the republican candidate for governor said, "I think more of the jobs need to come from the state of Iowa."

Democratic Governor Chet Culver said, "I think it should be 50-50."

Culver took time to tout seven new businesses that promised to bring 400 new jobs to Iowa, signing on the dotted line before Thursday's debate.  When asked to describe what Iowa will look like in the future, Culver trumpeted past accomplishments:  "In 10-years, I want more Googles, IBMs and Microsofts."

Branstad had a broader perspective: "I want Iowans to look at it as a vibrant growing economy... That we have hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and that young people have all kinds of diverse opportunities in our state."

He's promised to create 200,000 jobs in his first term.
Branstad says Chet Culver has done the opposite:  "I travel across Iowa. 114,000 people are out of work. We can do better."

Candidates also got to ask each other a question. Culver asked Branstad to name the tax hikes that he passed that he regrets the most. When Branstad dodged the question, Culver came right back: "Let me try again. Do you regret raising taxes 60 times?"

Branstad replied, "I don't need to."

In the end, the debate's "lightning round" told voters what they needed to know without all the rhetoric.

Both men would ban smoking in casinos, and ban the use of medical marijuana.

Culver would vote to retain the three state supreme court justices, and punish churches that dictate how parishioners should vote for candidates.

Branstad wants to give communities power to decide whether to raise taxes for local needs, and re-open the state film office after a recent scandal.

Online reporter:  Matt Breen

 

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