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Looking Back on Branstad's Jobs Promise as He Leaves Iowa

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Clay Masters
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Iowa Public Radio
Governor Terry Branstad in his formal office at the Iowa Capitol in January 2017.

Governor Terry Branstad will go before a Senate Foreign Relations confirmation hearing this morning to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Back in 2010, he campaigned for the governorship again on a promise to add 200,000 jobs in Iowa.  We wanted to follow up on that campaign goal with Iowa State University Economist Dave Swenson, who says a governor really doesn’t have much control over gross job gains.