Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has a blunt message for Vice President Joe Biden, should he decide to seek the White House in 2016.
“Biden is dead meat out here,” the Republican governor told CNN
on Wednesday in an interview in Des Moines. “He is not going anywhere.”
Branstad, 67, said Washington's dysfunction would most likely derail any possible Biden run.
President Barack Obama's win in the state's Democratic caucuses in 2008 launched his successful White House bid.
“Washington, D.C., is extremely unpopular,” Branstad told CNN. “Biden is so associated with this administration and all of its failures. He was unpopular before — and he is even less popular now.”
The governor repeatedly cited the 38 percent approval rating Iowans gave Obama in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The rating was Obama's worst ever in Iowa. Biden's standing was not gauged in the survey.
Branstad, however, was less critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is most viewed as the likely Democratic nominee in 2016. But Washington's travails could easily affect her if she tries for the White House, too, he said.
“I am probably not the one to ask about a Democratic caucus because I have never been to one,” Branstad told CNN. “But in terms of the electorate here, I think that Washington, D.C., is extremely unpopular, and she is associated with Washington, D.C., and served in [Obama’s] administration.”
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