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Governor Branstad Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry took the opportunity to eat some ice cream Thursday afternoon as the campaign trail brought them to Le Mars and the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor.  Branstad, is seeking a sixth term as Iowa governor, but first must win the primary election on Tuesday. Today, (Friday) Governor Branstad says he will sign into law the medical marijuana bill allowing for the cannibals oil to be used for epilepsy patients.  Branstad admits the topic is controversial, and could be a topic of discussion from constituents on the campaign trail.

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Branstad says he consulted with the governors of Utah and Alabama who have passed similar legislation, to learn more about the consequences of the bill.

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Two states, Colorado and Washington, have adopted measures allowing for the legalization of recreational marijuana usage.  Branstad says those states have "a mess".

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After being governor for 16 years, Branstad heard from even his own supporters that it may be time to step aside and allow someone else the opportunity to lead the state. Twelve years away from the governor's mansion and the capitol building, Branstad says people asked him to again run for governor.  Now, four years later as the Iowa governor, Branstad says he is not hearing anyone say he should step aside.  Branstad says he has been able to accomplish many goals, but the job is not done.

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Branstad says he is excited about the campaign and is confident about his chances against the primary rival Tom Hoefling, but he also says he doesn't take anything for granted.

 

Dr. Scott Ihrke and Don and Shelly Kass greet Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Perry is in Iowa to help campaign for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and also to "test the waters" of another possible bid for the president.

Wells Enterprises CEO, Mike Wells visits with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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