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Sen. Hatch's Response to Gov.

DES MOINES -- Sen. Jack Hatch, Democratic candidate for Governor, released the following statement following the Governor's Condition of the State address on Tuesday:

"This is the same speech Iowans have heard before, dating back to the early 1980s.  Expectations are pretty low for Governor Branstad.  His agenda for Iowa is a timid, lukewarm retread of the past.  Its too bad, really, that this Governor is focused more on his record for longevity than on Iowas future.

The speech was flat and uninspired.  The total lack of vision was disappointing but not surprising.  The Governor said nothing about mental health, low wages, clean water, roads and bridges or cutting health care costs.   

Its time for Iowa to move past Terry Branstad. Its time for a change.  Its past time for new leadership, with effective ideas and a fresh approach.      

In my travels, I am hearing Iowans want to move forward with ideas that work.  What the Governor missed in his speech today was addressing ideas with which government can partner with the private sector to create real opportunity."

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