Branstad Discusses Abortion, Death Penalty Bills, U-S Senate Race
Governor Stops By KMTV Action 3 News for One-On-One Interview
Omaha, Ne - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad stopped by the KMTV Action 3 News Studios on Thursday and spoke one-on-one with Anchor Craig Nigrelli.
Branstad said with an $800-million budget surplus in Iowa, he would like to see property taxes decrease in the state. The republican governor also weighed in on the hot button issues in front of the Legislature.
On the bill to ban abortion, Brandstad said, "I'm pro-life but this is probably something that is not going to move this year. You have a Supreme Court decision going back to Roe versus Wade that basically prevented states from having outlawed abortion. I'm not sure how you amend that. "
Branstad also talked about a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, " I have always been on record supporting a limited reinstatement of the death penalty for somebody who is guilty of two Class A felonies like kidnapping and murdering the victim." Governor Branstad, however, does not believe the measure will make it out of committee.
On politics, Branstad said he would "prefer" that Congressman Tom Latham be the Republican nominee to run for the open seat of retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in 2014.