Gov. Terry Branstad says he was encouraged by the unity and commitment he observed last Thursday night at the Lincoln Day Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the Iowa GOP.
Many Republican voters, both statewide and nationally, are struggling with whether to support Donald Trump, the party’s de facto nominee. Though Branstad doesn’t support everything Trump stands for, he is endorsing the New York real estate mogul, citing national security, health insurance costs and debt.
"We have a lot of challenges facing this country," says the governor, "but I have great faith and hope that we will see a rebirth of freedom and America's leadership can be restored with a new Republican administration."
This afternoon Branstad is leaving for a two-day gathering of the Republican Governors Association in Albuquerque, where he says he’ll focus on party unity.