Gov. Branstad Keeps Focus on Legislative Session

Governor Terry Branstad delivers the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking re-election, but his current focus is on the legislative session, not campaign rhetoric.

Since lawmakers returned to the Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget, which must be approved by lawmakers this spring. Even Branstad's balloon-festooned re-election announcement last month was light on detailed campaign promises.

For now, Branstad is keeping his eye on a modest set of legislative priorities - increasing benefits for veterans, combatting bullying and adding broadband Internet around the state. All three goals have bipartisan support.

Branstad campaign manager Jake Ketzner says that will change after adjournment, as the governor outlines his plans if re-elected.

Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is in the lead position for the Democratic nomination.

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