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Governor Branstad has been in and out of the political office for a combined 19 years.

Branstad’s campaign office launched its grand opening in Urbandale Saturday evening.  Supporters of Gov. Branstad running for re-election said they wanted him to announce his intention to run.

The grand opening looked like a campaign and sounded like a campaign and there was even a campaign-like feast.

Some were attending because they wanted to meet Branstad.  Others were there in hopes that he would announce his intention to run for re-election.

“We’ll wait until 2014 to make an official announcement,” Gov. Branstad said.

Saturday’s event was not an official campaign but the governor said they’ve already started fundraising.  He added that he already has more than 1800 volunteers recruited.

So why is Gov. Branstad waiting to announce his re-election?

“I think most people would think campaigns are too long so my focus right now is on doing the job of governor,” Branstad said.

He said he believes both time and preparation are the keys to success.

“We are going to make this the best and most successful campaign.  We want to accomplish the most we’ve ever done for this state,” Branstad said.

So for now, supporters will have to take the governor’s word on that.  After all, he’s been doing this for a long time.

On the Democratic side, Senator Jack Hatch, Representative Tyler Olson and former Rep. Bob Krause have all announced they will be running for governor.


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