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Branstad criticizes Obama on talking about same sex marriage

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Governor Terry Branstad criticized the President of the United States and his recent announcement supporting same sex marriage Thursday.

Governor Branstad was on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd Thursday morning.

"I find it tragic to see the President of the United States pandering to the Hollywood money crowd instead of focusing on the things that are important to America, which is reducing this massive debt that has gone up more than a trillion dollars every year he's been president," Branstad said. "We cannot afford four more years of this. We'll be in a worse financial condition than Greece or Europe—that's not the direction we need to go. The President wants to change the subject because America know (sic) his economy policies are a terrible failure."

Todd followed up with the comment, "You and other republican governors in the Midwest are talking about job gains and everyone wants to take credit when it happens on their watch, but the question is federal government stimulus gets no credit for this?"

"Look the policies. Just compare Iowa and Indiana to Illinois. Illinois' got a democratic governor that raised taxes. Illinois' unemployment rates high. They've got a huge deficit. The state's in dire straights, whereas Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, [and] Indiana are all going in the right direction and republican governors have reduced taxes and reduced regulatory burdens—that the kind of leadership we need in the White House," Branstad said.

Branstad also emphasized that he still is against same sex marriage in Iowa.

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