Long a model of stability, Iowa's popular governor finds himself scrambling over missteps

  • by: THOMAS BEAUMONT , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa — In Terry Branstad's nearly 20 years as governor of Iowa, he has earned a reputation for steady management, frugality and a distinct absence of drama. Gray-haired, smiling and always attired in a crisp business suit, he's been a model of Midwestern stability and owner of a public approval rating over 60 percent.

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