BLAME D.C.: Branstad Offers Little Praise for Cruz

Well-known Iowa companies, John Deere Works in Ankeny and Wells Fargo, announced several hundred layoffs in recent weeks. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad knows where to put much of the blame: Washington.

Branstad said Monday a combination of President Obama’s leadership failures, Congress’ inability to compromise and the partial federal government shutdown created uncertainty.

“I’m very disappointed and very critical of both parties for the lack of leadership in Washington, D.C.”, Branstad said.

Friday, Branstad will speak at the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Cruz hasn’t ruled out a push for a second shutdown as a way to reach his goal of ending Obamacare he told ABC News. “He’s a bright young guy,” Branstad said of Cruz, but he added, “he’s just one of 100 members of the Senate.”

Branstad continued, “I don’t think one freshman senator can turn this all around. I think it’s really going to take executive leadership.”

When asked if he would tell Cruz “good job or bad job” for Cruz’s efforts leading to the shutdown, Branstad responded, “I’m just going to say, ‘welcome to Iowa. Come here often. Spend a lot of money. We appreciate your coming to the state as we do others.’ I’ve always tried to be a good host and welcome everybody.”

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