Branstad Hints at Seeking Re-election

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad delivers his Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is sending signals he expects to seek re-election in 2014.

The Republican says in an Associated Press interview that "I love what I'm doing. So that should be an indication."

Branstad also raised about $600,000 this month for his campaign at an event headlined by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

But Branstad said he plans to keep his options open until 2014.

Branstad is Iowa's longest-serving governor, having served four consecutive terms in the 1980s and 1990s. He came out of political retirement to run and win in 2010.

The names of several Democrats have circulated as potential candidates, including former Gov. Chet Culver and state Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines, although no one has publicly announced plans to run.

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