By Zach Johnson Daily News Staff Writer
After 17 days, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad broke his silence Wednesday regarding an offer from his primary opponent, Tom Hoefling, to debate before the June 3 primary.
“My intention is to focus on my job as being governor,” Branstad said. “I guess my feeling is that I haven’t seen anything other than that he got enough signatures to file. I haven’t seen anything to consider him a very serious candidate.”
“I do intend to debate the general election opponent, but I think it’s pretty doubtful that we’re going to have time to debate the primary because we have the legislative session to accomplish, and we have many other things to get done.”
Hoefling’s debate proposal includes four smaller events hosted and organized by willing county GOP organizations within the four congressional districts, and would culminate in a large venue debate hosted by the state party.
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