DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds stood in for Governor Terry Branstad Monday during the weekly news conference. She wouldn't say whether she would like to replace him in two years.
Branstad is on an overseas trade mission trip to China and Japan, so Reynolds took questions from reporters in his place. This month marks the half-way point, politically speaking, in the Branstad-Reynolds term. Voters easily re-elected the two in 2014. Voters will decide in November of 2018, the team they want to lead the state for the next four years.
Branstad is 69 years old, is serving his sixth term as governor and is already the longest-serving governor in the history of the United States.
Here's how Reynolds dodged questions on whether she wants to run to replace him.
1st Question: Is she making plans to run for governor?
Reynolds, "I'm focused on serving Iowans and I've spent a great deal of my life doing that and so I'm excited about the next legislative session."
2nd Question: Have she and the governor talked about her running?
Reynolds, "We're going to sit down with...the governor and I...and our team and our staff and legislators and we're going to talk about putting an agenda together that will take Iowa to the next level." (She was talking about the next legislative session)
3rd Question: Has the governor talked to her about stepping down during his term and having her replace him?
Reynolds, "No. What does he say about every stop? What does he end almost every sentence with? 'I'm proud of what we've done, we've got a great story to tell. But we aren't done yet.'"
Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and former House Speaker Ron Corbett, currently the mayor of Cedar Rapids, are both exploring Republican runs for governor.