DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Iowa Governor Chet Culver said he isn’t bothered by frequent criticism from Governor Terry Branstad that he left the state in bad shape. Culver, who served one term as governor from 2007-2011, confirmed to Channel 13 that he is now considering a run for Congress. Culver’s father John, served as a U.S. Senator from 1975-1981.
During the 2010 race for governor, the campaign of Branstad, at that time a former four-time governor, repeatedly referred to Culver as “Big Debt Chet” and criticized him for overspending, giving state union workers too large a raise without negotiations and implementing an ill-advised 10% across-the-board program cut to deal with a budget shortfall. Branstad beat Culver by 10 points.
“I think Iowans know the truth,” Culver said, pointing out that the state was ranked the third-best managed state during his time in office. Culver said he was able to help raise the minimum wage, aid the state’s flood recovery efforts, as well as expand preschool access to 4-year-olds.
Watch Culver talk about what it’s like to watch an election from his couch for the first time in years.
Here is Culver pushing back at criticism for how he ran the state as governor.
Culver also confirmed his interest in running for Congress.
This is the one thing should be the main priority for Congress these days, according to Culver.
The pipeline, another governor’s pardon and whether it’s too soon for Christmas music are part of Culver’s Quick 6, plus he offered a prediction for the current governor.