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FULL TRANSCRIPT: Iowa Rep. Gubernatorial Debate

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(MATT)

            Welcome to the first debate between the Republican candidates for governor of Iowa.

            I'm Matt Breen from KTIV-TV, in Sioux City... one of three television stations who have partnered to broadcast this debate, which will reach two-thirds of the state.

            (TOM)

            I'm Tom Overlie, from KTTC-TV, a station serving Mason City, and much of northeast Iowa.

            (RON)

            And, I'm Ron Steele, from KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa, which serves Iowans from Dubuque to Iowa City.

            While we may be two months from a party primary, we believe that you-- the voters-- need to be armed with information, now

            (TOM)

            We want to help you make an informed choice, on June 8th.

            (MATT)

            So, let's meet the men who want to be the next governor of Iowa.

            (RON)

            Terry Branstad is a former Iowa governor, serving four terms-- longer than any other man.

            He left politics in 1999... and served as president of Des Moines University for more than six years.

            (TOM)

            Rod Roberts is a five term member of the Iowa House, representing his hometown of Carroll, Iowa.

            He is a Development Director with the Christian Churches-Churches of Christ in Iowa, which provides oversight to new church development and helps local congregations.

            (MATT)

            Bob Vander Plaats is in the midst of his third campaign for governor.

            In his last run, in 2006, he served as Jim Nussle's lieutenant governor candidate.

            He's the president of M-V-P Leadership, Incorporated... which specializes in strategic vision and executive leadership.

            (RON)

            Now that you've met the candidates, it's time to hear from them.

            Each candidate will get 90-seconds for their opening statements.

            Before the debate, we drew straws to see who would go first.

            That honor goes to Representative Robert.

            You have 90-seconds.

            (ROD ROBERTS)

            These are challenging times for Iowans. The state unemployment rate is near an all-time high. State spending is at record levels. And next year's budget gap is projected to be nearly a billion dollars. The evidence is clear: Iowa needs new leadership, and it needs new conservative leadership. And I believe I am the new conservative leader that Iowa needs. Let me tell you why.

 

            For the past 10 years I have served the people of Iowa in the state legislature. I've served as the Senior Member of the House Republican leadership team. In these 10 years I have literally taken thousands of votes. If you take a close look at my voting record, you'll find that I've consistently been a fiscal and a social conservative. I have fought for lower taxes, and I have never voted to increase taxes. I have opposed reckless spending. And I have stood up for traditional family values.

 

            You see, my voting record speaks for itself. My campaign for Governor isn't based upon empty campaign promises and pledges. Voters are tired of those. And Iowans are too smart to be fooled. With me, what you see is what you get. I'm a conservative through and through, and I have a voting record to back it up. This is what sets me apart from the two gentlemen who are here today. And this is what makes me the best candidate for governor.

 

            People all across Iowa have been responding to my message of bringing new conservative leadership to the state of Iowa. Iowans are tired of seeing their tax dollars spent recklessly, and Iowans are tired of being shut out of government. Iowans want a conservative voice in the Governor's Office. And I am ready to be that voice. I understand the problems facing our state, and I can get the job done.

 

            (MATT)

            Mr. Vander Plaats... you have 90-seconds for your opening statement.

            (BOB VANDER PLAATS)

I'd like to start by thanking our host stations, our panelists, my fellow candidates and, most of all, our viewers. I consider it an honor to run for governor.

I'm not running because there's something wrong with Iowa. Our state has vast potential. I'm running because there's something wrong with our current leadership and our state needs a new governor.

Iowans know how to bring great things to life. We raise families, grow crops, produce livestock and create businesses that are the economic lifeblood of our state.

Every day, Iowans succeed in spite of our government.

People across our state tell me that we need a new governor who understands that you have to grow businesses and grow opportunities … not grow government. I'll be a governor who grows the private sector, not the public sector. I've been dubbed the pro-family candidate in this race, and opening Iowa for business is the best thing I can do for families.

I'll be a governor who grows our opportunities by making Iowa the business start-up capital of the world, by creating a friendly tax and regulatory climate, by shrinking the size of government and by leading us to a truly world-class education system.

And I won't need to come back three, four or even five terms to get the job done.

I'm looking forward to this hour in which we lay out our different approaches to governing. I'm confident you'll choose my bold vision for Iowa's future based on real-life leadership, real-life experience and real-life results to move us forward … not back.

            (TOM)

            Finally... Governor Terry Branstad... you have 90-seconds for your opening statement.

 

                 

Opening Statement…

(Branstad)

Iowans ask me 'Why would you give up a job that you love as the President of Des Moines University to run for Governor again?  Because like many Iowans, I'm sick of the mess that Governor Culver and the Democratic Legislature has created. Today we have the highest unemployment we've had in Iowa in 23 years. We have a projected budget deficit of nearly a Billion dollars for the next year. I know we can do better than that because we've done it before. When I came in as Governor we had eight and a half percent unemployment, I'm proud to say my record of results gave us two and a half per cent unemployment, a record number of people working in Iowa and a budget surplus of 900 million dollars and we cut taxes by a hundred and twenty four million dollars during the time that I was Governor. I have a vision for the future. I want to lead this state back to prosperity and growth. My goals are 200 thousand new jobs, raising family incomes by 25 percent, making our education system number one not middle of the pack.  And I want to make Iowa…I want Iowa to reach its full potential. Iowans want a leader not only that talks about things but somebody that gets results.  Results over rhetoric, that's what this is all about.

 (MATT)

            Now, to the questions from our panel.

            Each candidate will have one-minute to answer.

            The first man to answer will then get a 30-second rebuttal when his opponents finish their responses.

            The first question is about the budget.

            Though Iowa lawmakers managed to overcome a 341-million dollar budget shortfall, the session started with a projected one-billion dollar shortfall.

            A similar shortfall is projected for the next fiscal year.

            What's the first thing you would do to help balance the budget after you're elected?

            Governor Branstad.

(Branstad)

I've already laid out a fiscal plan that says we need to have a five year projected plan for what the decisions we're gonna make are gonna have on the budget and then pass a two year bi-annual budget. I've recommended that before but this time I'm gonna insist that the Legislature pass that and if they pass a one year budget, I'm gonna veto it, because we did in 92 get spending off auto pilot. We put in place the 99 per cent spending limitations. It worked for…until I left office, then the Legislature started cheating by using not withstanding language and using one-time money. We need to stop that practice, we need to get Iowa back on a solid fiscal basis. I was the Governor that put in place a fiscal plan that got us a balanced budget based on generally accepted accounting principals and gave us a 900 million dollar surplus when I left office… I want to do that again.

 

(Roberts)

The first thing we have to do is say no to any new increased spending within State Government. The other thing very important to controlling the out of control spending that Chet Culver has overseen the past 4 years is to say unequivocally we will not raise taxes to solve the budget problems. We find ourselves in a situation now where the people of Iowa, who are taxed plenty, are going to be challenged with a budget deficit the likes we haven't seen. Its absolutely essential we say no to increased spending, we make a commitment to say no new taxes, and then we delve into the budget, there are areas of the budget that we can find savings. We need to reduce spending in departments and there are some programs that should be eliminated and I think after several years we can once again align expenditures with our revenues. But in all of this we have to respect the taxpayers and get our fiscal house in order and I have a commitment to do that.

 

(Matt Breen)

…Mr Vander Plaats How do you get the States fiscal house in order?

 

(Vander Plaats)

…Well first of all we have to recognize that yes we do have a budget problem. And it's a result of bad habits, bad practices and bad mindsets for Governor after Governor after Governor. We've constantly grown Government on steroids, matter of fact, we haven't lived up to the consumer price index, we've just grown Government as money and moneys come in with no attention to making a vibrant economy here in the state of Iowa. I believe there's an opportunity here, there's an opportunity a turn around CEO because there's urgency that exists today. We need to streamlining  Government services, we need to produce less but, we need to produce more but with less, we need to make sure things are more dynamic, that there more effective, that the Government that we have that it performs exceptionally well. We can't rely on new taxes and we can't rely on just the same old practices of the past. We need new leadership today to solve this budget issue.

 

(Matt Breen…)

Governor Branstad, Mr. Vander Plaats seem to think the budget problems are indictment of your tenure as Governor of Iowa, Do you agree?

 

(Branstad…)

Well Iowans want result not rhetoric and when I left office we had a 900 million dollar surplus, the budget was balanced, the generally accepted accounting principal. I agree with  Representative Roberts we need to go through this budget item by item, we need to limit eliminate lesser priority programs and we need to make tough decisions, not putting things off and not using one time money for ongoing expenses.

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TALENT=TOM

            Representative Roberts, you've recently said Iowans are upset with government overspending in a time of recession.

            But, many believe now is the best time to invest in areas like education, social programs, infrastructure, etc... and the government must spend its way out of the recession.

            It's a view also held by many economists.

            Candidates, what are your thoughts on "spending our way out of this recession"... and how do you propose "growing the Iowa economy?"

            Representative Roberts, the question goes to you first.

(Roberts)

Great question and a very important question. Our current Governor believes that the best way to grow the economy is for the Government itself to stimulate growth, that's wrong headed and misguided.  The growth that we are looking for in Iowa's economy needs to come from the private sector. I've recommended completely eliminating the corporate business income tax here in the state of Iowa because we need to position Iowa to come out of the recession with a powerful surge of new job creation. The best thing we could do here in Iowa is to incent business to invest in their future, build for the future and then attract other companies to come to the state of Iowa and if they do that we will create new jobs by the thousands.  I'm first and fore mostly concerned about job creation I want to be the jobs creation Governor of Iowa.

 

(Vander Plaats)

In the beginning question, first of all we need to limit government and this isn't about serving people less it's about serving people better, this is about redefining the education system instead of being sold-out to a bureaucracy that we put the dollars  back into the classroom. This is about serving  people less with special needs and human services or helping by serving people better by being a hand up or being a bridge. And then we need to create an environment where businesses can develop and grow, I say you understand our press release I want Iowa to be the start-up capital of the world. In order to be the start up capital of the world you need a competitive tax structure. You need a friendly revatory structure. You need a Governor who will actively market the state. When we have a vibrant economy the ripple effect is dynamic and that's what I plan to do as your next Governor.

 

(Tom Overlie)

Governor Branstad, What are your thoughts on spending our way out this recession?

 

(Branstad)

Well our present Governor thinks we can spend out way out of this recession…he's dead wrong.  Last year he convinced the Legislature to borrow 890 million dollars, said it was gonna create 30 thousand jobs. In fact the unemployment rate's gone from 5.3 to 6.7. We've lost jobs in this state and saddled our future generations with this huge debt that has to be paid back with interest…that's not the direction we need to go. They also have used Federal one-time money for on-going expenses, that's again mortgaging the future and that means we gonna have to make tougher decisions in the future. You can't borrow your way to prosperity…this year he has an even worse plan, gamble our way to prosperity by adding four more casinos it's wrong headed, it doesn't make sense we need a Governor that will build a solid base for our future I will do that because I've done it before.

 

(Tom) Rep. Roberts, you have 30 seconds

 

(Roberts)

We have a 110 thousand Iowans out of work and we raise some of the best young people in the entire country right here in Iowa, and I'm concerned about creating new jobs for folks who are looking for new employment. We need to create new jobs so people can provide for their family and we need to create new jobs to keep our young people here in Iowa. The best way to do that is to stimulate the economy in private sector if you want more of a certain activity tax it less don't tax at all. I want to make sure that Iowa can compete with it's neighboring states and I thin we can do it by eliminating that

            Representative Roberts, you've recently said Iowans are upset with government overspending in a time of recession.

            But, many believe now is the best time to invest in areas like education, social programs, infrastructure, etc... and the government must spend its way out of the recession.

            It's a view also held by many economists.

            Candidates, what are your thoughts on "spending our way out of this recession"... and how do you propose "growing the Iowa economy?"

            Representative Roberts, the question goes to you first.

(Roberts)

Great question and a very important question. Our current Governor believes that the best way to grow the economy is for the Government itself to stimulate growth, that's wrong headed and misguided.  The growth that we are looking for in Iowa's economy needs to come from the private sector. I've recommended completely eliminating the corporate business income tax here in the state of Iowa because we need to position Iowa to come out of the recession with a powerful surge of new job creation. The best thing we could do here in Iowa is to incent business to invest in their future, build for the future and then attract other companies to come to the state of Iowa and if they do that we will create new jobs by the thousands.  I'm first and fore mostly concerned about job creation I want to be the jobs creation Governor of Iowa.

 

(Vander Plaats)

In the beginning question, first of all we need to limit government and this isn't about serving people less it's about serving people better, this is about redefining the education system instead of being sold-out to a bureaucracy that we put the dollars  back into the classroom. This is about serving  people less with special needs and human services or helping by serving people better by being a hand up or being a bridge. And then we need to create an environment where businesses can develop and grow, I say you understand our press release I want Iowa to be the start-up capital of the world. In order to be the start up capital of the world you need a competitive tax structure. You need a friendly revatory structure. You need a Governor who will actively market the state. When we have a vibrant economy the ripple effect is dynamic and that's what I plan to do as your next Governor.

 

(Tom Overlie)

Governor Branstad, What are your thoughts on spending our way out this recession?

 

(Branstad)

Well our present Governor thinks we can spend out way out of this recession…he's dead wrong.  Last year he convinced the Legislature to borrow 890 million dollars, said it was gonna create 30 thousand jobs. In fact the unemployment rate's gone from 5.3 to 6.7. We've lost jobs in this state and saddled our future generations with this huge debt that has to be paid back with interest…that's not the direction we need to go. They also have used Federal one-time money for on-going expenses, that's again mortgaging the future and that means we gonna have to make tougher decisions in the future. You can't borrow your way to prosperity…this year he has an even worse plan, gamble our way to prosperity by adding four more casinos it's wrong headed, it doesn't make sense we need a Governor that will build a solid base for our future I will do that because I've done it before.

 

(Tom) Rep. Roberts, you have 30 seconds

 

(Roberts)

We have a 110 thousand Iowans out of work and we raise some of the best young people in the entire country right here in Iowa, and I'm concerned about creating new jobs for folks who are looking for new employment. We need to create new jobs so people can provide for their family and we need to create new jobs to keep our young people here in Iowa. The best way to do that is to stimulate the economy in private sector if you want more of a certain activity tax it less don't tax at all. I want to make sure that Iowa can compete with it's neighboring states and I thin we can do it by eliminating that business income tax.

 

RON

            We've just passed the anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to strike down a state ban on same sex marriage.

            All three of you have publically said you would like to see Iowans vote on a constutional amendment banning same sex marriage... a move that some say couldn't come for another four years.

            On his first day in office, Mr. Vander Plaats says he would sign an executive order halting further marriages until Iowans can vote on the issue.

            First, Mr. Vander Plaats, do you still endorse that move, and why?

            And, for the other candidates, would you make the same move if elected?

(Vander Plaats)

Well I do hold true on that view and the reason is I'm running for the office of Governor, the Governor is not only the chief executive in the state of Iowa but in article 4.1 of Iowa's Constitution the Governor's the chief magistrate of the state of Iowa, which means he has to defend and preserve and protect the Constitution. And when you see a branch of government  that take a lead way that quite frankly isn't theirs to take for the Supreme Court legislate it from the bench by saying we'll be a same sex marriage state they can't do that. They execute it from the bench by saying all 99 Counties will follow suit, they can't don that either. That's the Governor's roll, and then they attempted to amend the Constitution, saying their going to hold our Constitution up to evolving standard. They can't do that. The Governor has a role and responsibility to step and say "time out you stepped outside your jurisdiction, we're going to sure the proper process gets followed this is a freedom issue…very bit as much as it is a marriage issue.

 

(Branstad)

I find the defense of marriage act…I was deeply disappointed when the Iowa Supreme Court struck it down. I believe Iowa should do what 31 other states have done. That is by a vote of the people a Constitutional Amendment restore one man one woman marriage. I wish it was as simple as what Bob Vander Plaats says no state has restored  one man one women marriage by an executive order that that's gonna get you in court and your probably going to be held in contempt of court or at least overruled by the court…that doesn't make sense we don't want to discredit the Governor, we want to get results the proven way to do it is to get the opportunity for the people of Iowa to vote on it. Iowans deserve a right to vote on it. The 31 states from Maine to California where it has come to a vote its passed. I support a vote of the people to restore one man one woman marriage in the state.

 

(Roberts)

Marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman I was one of the first Legislators to rise from the floor of the Iowa house a year ago calling for the immediate consideration of resolution that would allow the people of Iowa to eventually settle the dispute between the branches of Government. When you have a disagreement this strong about an issue this important the Constitution says you go directly to the people for a vote. As Governor I'll make sure the people of Iowa see their elected Senator and Representatives take that question up for a vote. I don't agree with Bob's decision to use an executive order, I don't believe it's constitutional I don think it will create conflict I think the Governor should work hand in hand with the Legislative branch of government to deal with the Judicial brand in terms of where we could find areas we could perhaps limit the appellate of the court.

 

(Ron Steele)

Mr. Vander Plaats you did get the final word on this issue if you'd like to jump in.

 

(Vander Plaats:)

It's nice to know that we're disappointed in what the supreme court did, but Govenor Branstad I believe you appointed two of those supreme court justices who wrote that opinion. And not only that guys the constitution backs us up. That's why David Barton a constitutional historian says the executive order is the right way to go. I have constitutional attorneys and historians saying you're backed by the constitution. As a leader you need to lead. And part of that leadership is defending that constitution. I think it's what the people of Iowa deserve and expect or otherwise every one of your freedoms is up for grabs.

MATT

            When the Iowa Republican Gubernatorial debate returns... questions asked by voters, themselves.

 

(BREAK)

 

 

(MATT)

            Welcome back...

            A lot of our viewers believe there's a crisis in school funding in Iowa.

            (RON)

            Two weeks ago, in Cresco, Iowa, the school cafeteria was packed with concerned people.

           

            The Howard-Winneshiek School Board voted to close Ridgeway Elementary... hoping to slash a million dollars from next year's budget.

            One of those attending was Carla Moser, from Lime Springs.

            Here's her question for the candidates

Carla Moser, Lime Springs, IA says "Due to decreased school funding Howard-Winneshiek school distrit has had to face closing one of our three out-lying elementary schools, with the other two being uncertain. School funding should be a top priority, if you are elected, what do you plan on doing about this?"

 

 

(Tom)

Alright, so Governor Branstad you get to respond to Carla's question.

 

(Branstad)

Unfortunately last year in 2009 at the end of the legislative session.  The legislature, the Democratic legislature eliminated the funding for beginning teachers.   This really hurt rural school districts.  And that was compounded by the fact governor Culver then did an across the board cut of 10%.  That again hurt school districts.  We need to have stability and predictability in school funding.  I'll restore that as I did before.  So we don't have these surprise reductions in revenue that hurt Iowa Schools and Iowa Students.  

 

(Tom)

Representative Roberts, stability in school funding.

 

(Roberts)

This past year Governor Culver made choices with regard to the states budget that hurt public education.  Probably costing in the area 2,500 teachers their teaching positions.  It's obvious that Iowans highly prize and value their local schools.  And I think that its important that as governor, you respect that high priority and value placed on a local school, and that you provide as much assistance and support as possible.  Because those schools mean more than just educating children.  Quite often that local school is part of the life blood of a local community.  We need to extend as much support and prioritize appropriations from the state to help our local schools so that they can remain viable.  It may require that people make some difficult decisions on how to prepare for the future.   But there is no question that Iowans expect state government to prioritize funding for local schools.  And I will make certain that is a priority when I'm governor.

 

(Tom)

And Mr. Vander Platts

 

(Vander Platts)

 

  Well first of all I think we need to take a look at how we got here.  Governor Culver in his first two years grew government by a billion dollars.  2500 new employees.  When you hit an economic hiccup, or an economic ditch, its almost like someone pulled the string of a proverbial knit sweater and everything began to unravel.  And no longer can you fund your priorities like education.  But this is what happens when you grow government as we've done governor after governor, after governor, instead of focus on your priorities.  I believe what we done to education as a former educator is simply unconscionable. We've grown a bureaucracy; and we did it at the expense of a classroom.  And what happened: student achievement has fallen through the floor, teachers are extremely frustrated, and we've grow a bureaucracy you know versus funding school districts like your question has.  We need a governor that understands what priorities are and will direct funding at those priorities. 

 

(Tom)

Governor Branstad 30 seconds, so keeping education a priority especially in this time of a recession, how do you do that?

 

(Branstad)

 

Its very important and you've gotta set priorities.  And both representative Roberts and also Mr. Vander Platts are correct.  Culver has made some really bad decisions.  Grown the Bureaucracy.  We need to eliminate a lot of the lesser important programs.  Focus on quality education.  And restore things like providing enough school aid.  And he promised additional money for schools, underfunded it and now additional money will have to come out of property taxes.  That's wrong. 

 

(Tom)

Alright, thank you very much. 

 

RON

            In February, Iowa's Pharmacy Board recommended lawmakers change the way marijuana is classified.

            That leads us to the first question e-mailed to us from one of our viewers.

            It comes from Tim from Independence, Iowa.

 

            NORML-- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws-- believes Iowa could see significant revenue benefits by the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

            Tell us why you favor or oppose legalization of marijuana for medical use... and would you also favor decriminalization of marijuana in general?

            (RON)

            Representative Roberts, you have the first response.

(Roberts)

 

The answer to the first part of the individuals question is I oppose legalizing medical marijuana.  I was raised with the idea that it's important to take care of ones body.  That wellness is important.  And I've never understood why an individual would want to ingest a substance, even by smoking, that could harm ones health.  And so even though there may be studies and there maybe people have the opinion that there is some medical benefit. I think that it's probably a conclusion I made a long time ago that whether you're smoking tobacco or you're smoking marijuana, it's just not good for your health.  In terms of the second part of the question, I do not believe in lessening the laws and decriminalizing the use of marijuana. 

 

(Ron)

Thank you very much.  Let's move onto Mr. Vanderplatts. 

 

(VanderPlaats)

 

Well Ron, after being in the healthcare field serving people with brain injury and spinal cord injury and having my own son with disabilities; I'm always going to be in favor of the best research, the best practice.  That being said, I have no interest in legalizing marijuana.  I have no interest in decriminalizing the usage of marijuana.  I believe there is other best medicines to deal with those type of pain and other issues in regards to peoples health.  But Ron as you said that you're getting some of those social issues right now, let me bring it back to gambling right now because governor Branstad said before that he's seen it done before, were you just want to expand gambling to deal with an economic issue.   Well that's what he did when he was governor when he instituted gambling.  And oversaw the construction of 15 casinos and the state lottery and Para mutual betting. 

 

(Ron)

Governor Branstad, do you want to talk gambling or marijuana?

 

(Branstad)

 

Yea the question was on marijuana, and I'm going to answer that first.  And then I'll answer the attack.  But first of all on marijuana, we should not follow the bad example of California.  They did the medical marijuana thing now they are looking at legalizing it because the states in dire financial straights.  They also borrowed their way into trouble too.  That is exactly the wrong direction to go.  I was the president of Des Moines University.  And we're a health care institution.  And we work to provide for health opportunities for people.  But let me answer the attack.  First of all I believe we've got enough gambling in Iowa, and we should not be expanding it.  And I believe that Iowans are the ones that really are, the ones who are hurt we get to much gambling in our state.  And I believe that Iowans do support the gambling we have, but they don't want to see an expansion of it. 

 

(Ron)

Alright, thank you very much.  Are we done with that question? 

 

(Matt Breen)

Rebuttal from Representative Roberts.

 

(Roberts)

 

Well Ron since you opened up the social issues category…we've kind of leap frogged into gambling.    And there may be a specific question about gambling.   But let me just add to that, I think that to Governor Culver's proposal to issue additional licenses to build new casinos as his primary method of stimulating the economy is wrong. We should be looking at stimulating the private sector to create economic growth and new jobs here in Iowa. 

 

(Breen)

So we can cross medical marijuana  and gambling off their list.  Thank you gentlemen.

 

(Rob)

Their list.  Well we know there is a lot of collateral damage that comes along with gambling, for sure, for families. 

 

MATT

            Still ahead more questions from the voters... including one man's opinion about why things can't get done, in Des Moines.

            You're watching the Iowa Republican Gubenatorial debate on the stations of Quincy Newspapers, Incorporated.

 

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(TOM)

            Welcome back...

            More than any other comment we get from viewers is about partisanship.

            (RON)

            Politicians often point to it as the reason things can't get done.

            All parties are guilty of it.

            (MATT)

            And, that's what Kent (gy-uld) Guild, of Waterloo, wants to know more about.

 

Kent Guild, Waterloo, Iowa says "I'd like to ask the three Republican candidates for Governor why they can't end partisanship and try to work together with the Democrats to produce a better Iowa?"

            (MATT)

            Mr. Vander Plaats, how will you get past the partisan divide, and get things done in Des Moines?

(Vanderplaats)

 

Well I think part of this question, I really do appreciate the question, is what's spurring the tea party movement.  So many people are tired of politics as usual.  Its whose right, whose wrong.  Point the finger at each other.  What they want is leadership.  When I was in education, I led the entire classroom.  When I was a high school principal I led the entire building.  When I was a CEO I led the entire organization.  Leadership is about bringing people together.  United around a cause.  That's why I think, obviously I'm a principled conservative.  Most people who know me, know that very well.  But I also spent eleven years in public education.  I believe I can cast a compelling vision for education that tends to probably has more of a democrat feel.  As well as in health care and human services, I have seven years experience there, and service of excellence.    I think it's about bringing people together to accomplish a compelling vision for the state of Iowa.  To be quite honest, that's why I'm running for governor, to provide leadership and not the partisanship we're talking about.

 

(Breen)

Governor Branstad you've served in Des Moines, four terms as governor.  How did you get past the partisan divide?

 

(Branstad)

 

Well leadership is more about results than rhetoric.  What I did in 1992, democrat's still controlled both houses of legislator, we passed the most sweeping reform of the budgeting process.  We got spending off auto pilot.  We put in place the 99% spending limitation.  Now it did take not only a regular session, but I had to call them back twice.  I had to veto a sales tax increase before I got all the spending reforms I wanted.  I didn't stop till we got the job done.  And I worked with both parties in the legislature to accomplish that.  You know, in the time I was governor, most of the time democrats controlled both houses.  And for four years, they controlled the senate and not the house.  Only two years did I have republican legislature.  That's when we eliminated the inheritance tax, cut the income tax, and got ride of the property tax on machinery and equipment.  So I know how to work with both parties.  But I prefer to have republicans in control, because I think we can accomplish more. 

 

(Breen)

Representative Roberts, you're finishing your fifth and final term in Des Moines.  How did you get things done?  How did you reach across the aisle?

 

(Roberts)

 

Well I believe I'm the most qualified republican candidate standing here today. Partly because I believe that I can share a compelling conservative message with all Iowans, and reach independent registered voters, and even conservative democrats, and a united republican base.  Throughout my legislative career I've had great support from folks in my legislative district.  Which has a large number of independent voters, and a lot of democrats.  And I think its partly because of temperament.  When you're friendly, civil, and respectful of other people you can be a principled conservative and you can lead along principled conservative lines and still attract a lot of independents and democrats as well.  And I believe I can do that in a general election, and I can work with all members of the legislature to promote the good of the people of Iowa. 

 

(Breen)

Mr. Vander Platts, would you kill them with kindness in Des Moines?

 

(Vanderplaats)

 

Well I think what it is, is about being bold leadership.  A matter of fact some people say, Bob what happens when you get to be governor and say the chambers are still democrat controlled? And we're working awfully hard to make sure their republican controlled, but what if their democrat controlled?  I've told people, I won't say in Des Moines.  I'll go to Dubuque, I'll go to Sioux City, I'll go to Mason City, and to Davenport.  I'll sell the vision to the people of Iowa.  Who will then influence their electorate.  But leadership at its root core is: casting a compelling vision, bringing people together, to accomplish results.  That's what I've done all along here.  But leaderships also about being honest.  And so when we talk results versus rhetoric, I'm very proud of the results I have.  Governor Branstad some of the results are: raising tax not once but twice, increasing fees 30 times, bringing in gambling, para mutual gambling, state lottery, I mean growing the size of government two and half times.  Those are also results that we also need to be honest with the people of Iowa about. 

 

(Tom)

Alright, your thirty seconds, are up.  A little more than thirty seconds.  Alright.

 

(Branstad)

Do I get a response since he went way over?

TOM

Lets talk about healthcare.  Healthcare.  A favorite subject of many these days.

            Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law the Health Care Reform Act.

            Immediately, attorneys general from across the country-- including Nebraska's Jon (broo-ning) Bruning and South Dakota's Marty Jackley-- stepped up to challenge its constitutionality.

            Mark (soul-highm) Solheim, of Sioux City, wonders whether you, as governor, would direct the Attorney General to file suit against the federal government to prevent the implementation of the Health Care Reform Act. And, would you use every means in your power to prevent its implementation in Iowa?

            (TOM)

            Governor Branstad, is that something you'd consider doing?

(Branstad)

 

I've already talked to Brenda Findley. She's our Republican candidate for attorney general, and if she's elected she's gonna file that suit. It's the attorney general's responsibility. I support her a hundred percent. You know all the time I was governor, Democrats controlled the attorney general's office. And it's terrible to have your own lawyer working against you. That's why I want Brenda Findley to be the next attorney general of Iowa. She'll be on our team. She'll work with South Dakota. She'll work with Nebraska. That's what we need. But in terms of this law, I'm concerned about the impact it's going to have on our state budget because of Medicaid and all the mandates. I think it needs to be challenged in the courts. But we need to do all we can to try to reduce its negative impact on our state and the tax impact it's going to have on our citizens. It's something I think is very devastating.

 

(Roberts)

 

Yes, I would challenge President Obama and the Congress and what they've just passed. They've exceeded their constitutional authority. And as a candidate, I'm fortunate to have a voting record, where I'm on the front lines, where I've actually had to cast votes on important and critical issues. It this just-recently-adjourned session of the legislature, I offered an amendment. The amendment would do two things-assert the sovereignty of the state of Iowa under the 10th Amendment, stating that Iowa will retain its own authority when it comes to health insurance policy. And secondly, that no citizen of the state of Iowa can be compelled to purchase a health insurance product mandated by the federal government. I think it's important that as governor I stand up for the people of Iowa and stand up to the federal government and tell them that they've exceeded their federal authority, and in Iowa we will make our own decisions.

 

(Vander Plaats)

 

I don't have the voting record as representative Roberts talks about, but I was the first candidate who came out and said I would invoke the 10th Amendment if Obamacare were to pass. And the reason is, you go back to the founding of this country, we were supposed to have 50 sovereign states, and the strength and the latitude was to be in the states, not in the federal government. The federal government was supposed to be limited in scope. And I believe they're far overreaching their, their, their boundaries here. I believe the healthcare debate should have started in Iowa. We have a great healthcare delivery system, but Washington, D.C. reimburses us the worst. I think we could have been the model for the entire country to take a look at, of how you deliver private health care, not only effectively but efficiently.

 

(Branstad)

 

Well, well first of all I'm not going to join in the attack-counter-attack. But for the last 6 years I was president of Des Moines University, the largest medical school in Iowa. And we did health risk assessments for our employees and we got the Wellness Council of America award for what we did for wellness for faculty, staff and students. I think we need to lead by example and we need to put the focus on individual responsibility to reduce the risk factors. We can't afford a government-controlled health system. It is beyond what the taxpayers of this state and nation can afford. We need to really take more ownership in our own health.

 

 

RON

            Reversing its stance from six years ago, the Republican platform opposes federal subsidies for corn ethanol... something that's credited with giving the industry the financial foundation that has aided its expansion, and kept many ethanol plants open in Iowa.

            As Governor, Representative Roberts, would you support continuing these subsidies that help prop up the ethanol industry?

(Roberts)

 

Well, there's no question that renewable fuels is a very important component of our agricultural economy and agriculture is a key component of our overall state's economy. I believe that long term, the viability and success of ethanol and the other biofuels depends on the federal government's attitude toward including them in the mix of fuels that Americans have to choose from. And as long as the federal government supports renewable fuels like ethanol, and hopefully biodiesel is part of that base of renewable fuels that the federal government says is important and valuable to the overall mix of fuels, then I think long term that will help undergird and eventually enable those renewable fuels to stand on their own and to be successful. And I would certainly support the federal government including and continuing those supports.

 

(Vander Plaats)

 

Well I think first of all, without question, agriculture is our strength here in the state of Iowa. I mean, we're good at growing row crops and animal production, renewable fuels, alternative energy. You know, when it comes to energy, I'm one of those "all of the above" guys, 'cause I think our national security completely depends on us being energy independent. And I think Iowa can lead the way. And that can be part of the ethanol industry. Will it be the complete answer? No, but it will be a percentage, so we should move towards the ethanol. Same way with the biodiesel, the wind energy. I also think we should have established the coal plants in, uh, in Waterloo and in Marshalltown. I think that would have been a great alternative. We need to have affordable energy today in the state of Iowa. Not only for business and industry, but also for people who are on fixed incomes. So I think the renewable fuels are definitely a part of this mix.

 

(Branstad)

 

Absolutely, and I support wind turbines. I support ethanol. I support biodiesel. And I'm glad to say that I agree with Bob. I am also for the coal, the clean coal facilities as well, because we need affordable energy of all kinds. And I was one who helped start the ethanol industry in Iowa. I was the governor that was one of the founders of the governors' ethanol coalition. I also was the governor that started the tax credits that made it possible for us to be number two in the nation for wind, wind energy, second only to Texas. We're number one in ethanol. We're number one in biodiesel and we need the federal government to restore that tax credit for that industry to flourish. We don't, we need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and use the renewable resources we have here in America.

 

(Roberts rebuttal)

 

I think that it's absolutely critical here in the state of Iowa we provide a diversity of our energy base, and I certainly agree that in addition to renewable fuels, that we should invest in our base capacity with clean, coal-burning plants, and as governor I'll make sure that those plants are permitted. I also believe that the state of Iowa is at a place where it should look very seriously at building future nuclear reactors to provide for electricity.

MATT

            Iowa has lost countless jobs in the recession.

            How do these candidates plan to bring those jobs back, or create new ones?

            The answer when we come back.

 

            (TOM)

            Former governor Terry Branstad has set a goal to create 200-thousand jobs in Iowa if he's elected.

            That would be welcome news in this economy.

            (RON)

            But, Iowa doesn't offer as many incentives as some surrounding states.

            South Dakota, for example, has no corporate income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal income tax, and no personal property tax.

            (MATT)

 

            So, candidates, how will you make Iowa more business-friendly?

            Mr. Vander Plaats, what's your plan?

(Vander Plaats)

 

Well, being here from Sioux City, I can see South Dakota. And I've often said when we make Sioux City, Iowa competitive with North Sioux City, South Dakota, we've just opened up Iowa for business. And I believe after teaching business and teaching entrepreneurship the strength is, is in the start-ups. You want to have businesses start up. Right now we rank 49th in the country, in start-up businesses. And the reason that is, is 'cause we have, uh,  an overburdensome regulation structure. We have high taxes. If we're going to get back to being a start-up capital of the world, you need to have a competitive tax structure. You need to have a friendly regulatory structure. You need to have a governor who will market the state as a right-to-work state. And I don't think you can just say, you know, "I'm going to create 200,000 new jobs." I think you need to put the fundamentals in place so that you can have a vibrant economy, cause the ripple effect will be dynamic.

 

(Branstad)

 

Well, I think you need to set ambitious goals, and I've done that before and we've accomplished it. And what I'm focusing on is reducing the tax burden. For instance, we want to, when I was governor before, we got rid of the property tax on machinery and equipment. Brought all kinds of capital-intensive industry to our state. We reduced the income tax. I think we need to dramatically reduce the tax, the corporate income tax, and we need to dramatically reduce the property tax on commercial property. Among the highest in the nation. We've gotta get that down. We need to keep Iowa's right-to-work law. We need to stop these job-killing labor bills that the legislatures consider. And, what they did this year was a step in the wrong direction when they took away some of the tax credits, like the research and development tax credit for companies that are expanding. And the start-up job tax credits. John Pappajohn has already emailed me and said that what this legislature did is going to hurt job creation from entrepreneurs and small businesses. We need to, instead, create and help. I helped start those, and I was with John Papajohn when he announced those, those entrepreneurial centers all across our state.

 

(Roberts)

Economic growth and job creation has to be a priority in state government, and it will be with me as the governor of Iowa. This is where rhetoric needs to be replaced with ideas and concrete proposals. I was the first candidate to propose completely eliminating the corporate income tax. Monday, former governor Branstad agreed that dealing with the corporate income tax was absolutely essential in generating new job growth and spurring economic development in Iowa. He proposed reducing that tax by fifty percent. I think we ought to go completely to zero. And here in Sioux City, and across Siouxland and northwest Iowa, and really all across Iowa people are concerned about what can we do to stimulate our economy and grow new jobs by the thousands. The best thing we could do is incent business in the private sector, and enable them to be successful and prosperous, and that will create the powerful wave to create new jobs for the Iowans who are looking for them.

 

(Vander Plaats rebuttal)

 

I think enough businesses come into Iowa to more than make up for it, but you also have to limit the growth of government. In our press release yesterday, we talked about eliminating the corporate income tax. We talked about drastically reducing property tax by taking mental health and developmental disabilities off the back of property taxes, having that lead from the state, and targeting that $144 million worth of savings to business and industry property tax relief. We have a real plan to grow business in the state of Iowa.

 

TOM

            Speaking of jobs... you are all Republicans, and, I imagine, share the same view of the job Chet Culver has done as governor of Iowa.

            You're all essentially applying for the job of governor.

            What do each of you put at the top of your political resume?

            Governor Branstad, let's start with you.

(BRANSTAD)

WELL I PUT EXPERIENCE. I HAVE LEAD A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY. WE BALANCED THE BUDGET EVERY YEAR. WE GREW THE ENROLLMENT. WE GREW THE ENDOWMENT. WE WON AWARDS FOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND WHAT WE DID FOR HEALTHCARE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES. WHEN I WAS GOVERNOR BEFORE I TOOK THE STATE FOR 8 AND A HALF PERCENT BEFORE TO TWO AND A HALF PERCENT. I TOOK THE BUDGET OFF OF AUTOMATIC PILOT. I BALANCED THE BUDGET ON GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES. I LEFT THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE WITH A 900 MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS AFTER WE'D CUT TAXES BY A NET $124 MILLION. INCLUDING THE ELIMINATION OF THE INHERITANCE TAX, A DRAMATIC REDUCTION OF THE INCOME TAX AND REDUCING OUR DEPENDENCE ON PROPERTY TAXES FOR EDUCATION.

TOM OVERLIE:

REPRESENTATIVE ROBERTS, YOUR POLITICAL RESUME. WHAT'S AT THE TOP?

ROBERTS:

A GREAT QUESTION. I'VE SERVED IN THE IOWA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR 10 YEARS AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE ELECTED ME TO A LEADERSHIP POSITION OVER AND AGAIN WHERE I HAVE SERVED AS THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TEAM. AND THAT'S A D, ISTINCT HONOR WHEN YOUR COLLEAGUES WHO ARE LEADERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT RECOGNIZE YOUR LEADERSHIP ABILITY. I BELIEVE THAT BEING VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE CHALLENGES THAT THE STATE OF IOWA IS FACING FROM A PUBLIC POLICY POINT OF VIEW AND A DECISION MAKING POSITION IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE TO ME AS A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. AS GOVERNOR I WILL UNDERSTAND HOW THE LEGISLATURE WORKS. I'LL KNOW WHO THOSE KEY PEOPLE ARE I'LL KNOW HOW EAXCTLY WE'LL RELATE TOGETHER AND HOW TO USE MY POSITION AS GOVERNOR TO ADVANCE WHAT I BELIEVE IS A PRO-GROWTH AND PROSPERITY AGENDA FOR THE STATE OF IOWA.

(TOM OVERLIE)

AND MR. VANDER PLAATS, WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU AS GOVERNOR FOR THE STATE OF IOWA?

(VANDER PLAATS)

I BELIEVE FOR BOLD LEADERSHIP. SOME OF THE BOLD STANCES I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN AS A CAMPAIGN, BUT ALSO FOR REAL LIFE LEADERSHIP. REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE. REAL LIFE RESULTS. I'M A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR THAT'S ACTUALLY BEEN IN THE CLASSROOM AND SERVED IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. I LED A HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING AS A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. I LED AN EDUCATION FACILITY TO NCA ACCREDITATION. I WENT INTO THE HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES REALM AND WAS A TURNAROUND CEO WHERE WE WERE NATIONALLY ACCREDITED REFERENCED AS THE MODEL OF THE COUNTRY IT WAS A FINANCIAL TURN AROUND IT WAS A CLINICAL TURNAROUND IT WAS SUCH A TURNAROUND THAT GOVERNOR BRANSTAD APPOINTED ME TO A GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ONE THAT I CHAIRED FOR THREE YEARS. BUT ALSO BEING IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. THIS LEADERSHIP IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS AS USUAL. IT'S ABOUT REAL LIFE LEADERSHIP AND REAL LIFE RESULTS.

(TOM OVERLIE)

30 SECONDS, GOVERNOR BRANSTAD.

(BRANSTAD)

OUR PRESENT GOVERNOR WHO IS INEXPERIENCED LED US INTO DEBT AND MISMANAGED GOVERNMENT. WE HAD THE FILM OFFICE FIASCO AS PART OF THIS. WE NEED AN EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP. WE NEED, AND THE TEST OF GOOD LEADERSHIP IS RESULTS. I LOOK AT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE. LEAVING THE STATE WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE NATION. A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED. A BUDGET WITH A SURPLUS OF $900 MILLION IS A RECORD I THINK WE CAN REPEAT.

(break)

            (MATT)

            We have reached the conclusion of our hour-long debate.

            But, each of the candidates get to make a closing statement.

            (TOM)

            Each candidate will get 90-seconds for their final word to viewers, and voters of Iowa.

            (RON)

            They'll happen in the same order as opening statements... so the person who got the first word, won't get the last.

            Representative Roberts, the floor is yours.

¤

            (ROD ROBERTS)

            You know I've said it once and I'll say it again: Iowa needs new leadership. Our state needs a new Governor, and our next Governor needs to be a conservative. For far too long Iowans have had to endure record unemployment rates and budgetary chaos under Governor Culver. Iowa needs a new direction, and I hope you've seen in this debate why I'm the candidate best suited to provide new leadership for our state.

 

            I have great respect for Mr. Vander Plaats and former Governor Branstad. But, there are real differences between us. Over the next 9 weeks, I will continue to stress these differences as I make the case to Iowans for why I am best prepared to be the next Governor. But make no mistake about it: any one of us here today will do a better job as Governor than Chet Culver. Under Chet Culver, too many Iowans have lost their jobs. It's time Chet Culver loses his!

 

            But to beat Chet Culver in November, Republicans must be united. Fiscal conservatives and social conservatives must come together. My 10-year voting record in the Iowa House proves that I am both a strong fiscal conservative and a strong social conservative. I will unite the Republican Party as its nominee for Governor, and our party will be more united than it has been in years. And as a result of our unity, we will win big in November!

 

            So if you're tired of record unemployment rates . . . if you're tired of budgetary chaos . . . and if you're tired of not having a conservative voice in the Governor's Office . . . I encourage you to get involved in the Roberts for Governor Campaign today. Visit RobertsForGov.com to find out more about me. But ultimately, this campaign isn't about me. It's about you, and it's about the people of Iowa. Grass-roots support for the Roberts for Governor Campaign is growing, and I hope you will join our effort today to build a better Iowa.

            (MATT)

            Mr. Vander Plaats... your closing statement.

            (BOB VANDER PLAATS)

Thank you again for the opportunity to be here to talk about our state's future.

In the private sector, our goal is to produce more with less. And, we're always working hard to be more efficient and effective.

Government seems to be the only entity that does less and less with more and more of your dollars. … And governor after governor after governor has given us more government bureaucracy, more government spending, less service and higher and higher taxes.

Iowa doesn't need a come back to the same old policies. Iowa needs fresh new leadership.

I'll put an end to politics as usual and provide real-life leadership so state government does things differently.

I will enact lean processing and zero-base budgeting. I will lead continuous improvement that gets rid of government waste and targets real results.

I will be a governor about whom people will say, "He really did shrink bureaucracy and cut needless regulations." I will be a governor where small business owners and employees say, "He really did open our state for business." I'll be a governor who renews our teachers' passion for teaching … and who ensures that our students maximize their full potential. I'll be a governor where people say, "He really did stand up to an activist court and the federal government to defend our individual liberties."

In short … I will be a transformational governor.

I thank you for engaging in the democratic process today. I encourage you to go to bobvp.com <http://bobvp.com> to learn more about my campaign or to join our team. … And I ask for your vote on June eighth. Thank you.

            BRANSTAD CLOSING STATEMENT:

(BRANSTAD)

WELL FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK YOU MATT, RON AND TOM. I THINK YOU ALL DID A GREAT JOB. I WANT TO THANK OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENATIVE ROBERTS AND MR. VANDER PLAATS FOR PARTICIPATING. AND I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE OF IOWA FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY. I GENUINELY LOVE THE STATE OF IOWA, YET LIKE A LOT OF IOWANS. I HAVE SEEN IOWANS. I CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR PRESENT GOVERNOR AND THE FINANCIAL SITUATION HAS GOT IN THE STATE AND THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. YET IOWANS ARE HOPEFUL WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP WE CAN HAVE AN ECONOMIC COMEBACK. WE CAN CREATE 200 THOUSAND NEW JOBS. WE CAN RAISE FAMILY INCOMES BY 25% AND WE CAN CUT THE SIZE AND COST OF GOVERNMENT BY AT LEAST 15% AND MAKE OUR SCHOOLS THE BEST IN AMERICA AGAIN. I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY IOWANS WILL ALWAYS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS. I WANT TO LEAD THAT EFFORT. I WANT TO MAKE IOWA THE GREAT STATE THAT I KNOW THAT IT CAN BE. AND TO DO THAT I AM GOING TO NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR HELP IN THAT REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ON JUNE 8TH. SO I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT THERE. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE GOVERNBRANDSTAD2010.COM. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP. WE NEED TO WIN THIS PRIMARY AND DEFEAT GOVERNOR CULVER ON NOVEMBER 2ND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

(RON STEELE)

THANK YOU VERY MUCH GOVERNOR. WE HAD THREE WEB PLUGS THERE.

(MATT BREEN)

THREE FOR THREE.

(RON STEELE)

UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE RUN OUT OF TIME HERE FOR OUR PROGRAM. WE CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK OUR GUESTS, BOB VANDER PLAATS, FORMER GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROD ROBERTS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE SPONSORED BY OUR COMPANY, QUINCY NEWSPAPERS INCORPORATED HERE IN THE STUDIOS OF KTIV CHANNEL FOUR IN SIOUX CITY.

(TOM OVERLIE)

WE ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU THE VOTERS FOR WATCHING AND SENDING SOME REALLY EXCELLENT QUESTIONS FOR OUR THREE CANDIDATES

(MATT BREEN)

SO THE BALL IS NOW IN YOUR COURT. VOTE ON JUNE 8TH. ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES, RON STEELE OF KWWL-TV AND TOM OVERLIE FROM KTTC TELEVISION , I AM MATT BREEN FROM KTIV TELEVISION IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA SAYING THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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