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Presser from Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign:

(URBANDALE) – The Governor Branstad 2010 campaign today launched its newest ad, “Exactly Right.”

The ad, which will run statewide on network and cable, can be watched here or below:

In conjunction with the ad’s release, Branstad 2010 campaign manager Jeff Boeyink released the following statement:

“While the Culver campaign is trying to mislead and misdirect Iowans about Terry Branstad’s outstanding record of achievement, Governor Culver cannot hide from results of his failed leadership. Nowhere is that failed leadership more evident than in regards to the plight of Iowa’s unemployed and his inability to articulate a plan to stimulate Iowa’s economy and create new jobs.

“Governor Branstad took office at one of the most challenging times in our state’s history, facing an unemployment rate of 8.6%. Working with Iowans, Governor Branstad led Iowa out of that dark place, helped create nearly 300,000 jobs for Iowans, and left our state with an unemployment rate that was the lowest in the state’s history at that time.

“With news this week of another major Iowa employer laying off 1,000 hard working Iowans, it is time to bring back Terry Branstad’s proven ability and effective leadership to help grow the economy and create new jobs for the more than 115,000 Iowans currently seeking work.”  

The script of the ad is as follows:

                Chet Culver likes to say unemployment was highest in state history when Terry Branstad took office. He’s exactly right.

                And by the time Terry Branstad left, unemployment was the lowest in state history and Terry helped create nearly 300,000 new jobs.

                Chet Culver? Under him unemployment has nearly doubled to 6.8%, the highest in 24 years and Iowa has already lost more than 30,000 jobs

                Iowa on Terry Branstad, or Iowa on Chet Culver?

                Any Questions?

For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds ticket, please visit www.GovernorBranstad2010.com.

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SOURCES:

                                             Unemployment                                  Total

Month / Year                     Rate                                       Employment

1January 1983                    8.6%                                      1,291,400

1January 1999                    2.7%                                      1,558,900 (+267,500)

1January 2007                    3.6%                                      1,602,600

2May 2010                          6.8%                                      1,571,600 (-31,000)

1Iowa Historical Labor Force date, Iowa Workforce Development:

http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/laborforce/etables/2005_1976seaavgr.pdf

2May Iowa Unemployment News Release, Iowa Workforce Development:

http://www.iowaworkforce.org/news/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&articleid=81

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