Gov. Chet Culver campaigned in Marshalltown Saturday, telling voters that voting for his Republican opponent, Terry Branstad, would be the same as turning back the clock on a variety of issues.
"We have fought these battles for a long time," the governor said. "He wants to dismantle the progress he has made."
Culver unleashed a laundry list of positions against his opponent. He said Branstad is on record as wanting to take away universal preschool, take away most of the expansion of the children's health insurance program in Iowa, and also opposes the renovations currently taking place at the Iowa Veterans Home, among other things.
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Gov. Chet Culver greets C.J. Gross, 3, at Marshalltown United Auto Workers hall Saturday. The governor was in town encouraging voters to re-elect him and the rest of the Democratic ticket in November, saying his opponent would likely take away many of the initiatives that have caused Iowa to grow.
"It's going to be a bad idea to vote for Terry Branstad on Nov. 2," Culver said. "We are going to keep fighting for our veterans and our troops."
The governor has been consistently down 15 points or more in polls that have come out, but he does not see that as anything that cannot be overcome. In fact, he said he remains optimistic about the November elections.
Despite the fact that many are predicting it will be a short night in the race for Iowa governor on election day, Culver said he does not see it that way.
"I'm not worried about the pollsters, the pundits and the prognosticators," he said. "They've been wrong before and they are going to be wrong again on Nov. 2."
Culver also took a moment to defend his record and what he said was a wrongful characterization of his stance on the coal-fired power plant Alliant Energy had been proposing in Marshalltown.
Culver said he would have loved to have seen those jobs come to the community, but in the end it was simply a corporate decision by Alliant Energy.
"We did not stop the Marshalltown coal project," he said. "That's fundamentally not true."
The utility has never blamed the governor for stopping the project, but said that the current climate, both on the national and state levels, was not encouraging for the project.
Culver indicated the problem was more greed, saying Alliant's shareholders were not satisfied with a 10 percent return on investment, and instead wanted closer to 13 percent, which the Iowa Utilities Board was not willing to approve.
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