Tom Hoefling launches 99 county tour; after one week, no response from Gov. Branstad on Hoefling debate challenge Print
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Written by Tom Hoefling   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:25
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Hoefling today announced the launch of a 99 county tour of Iowa.

“We have already worked very extensively in several dozen counties during the petitioning process, so all we will really be doing is continuing the work of taking this grassroots campaign directly to the people of our state,” he said.

Details are being finalized, and will be made available daily on the campaign website. (

One week ago, on March 16th, Tom Hoefling challenged incumbent Governor Terry Branstad to a series of five debates in the run up to the June 3rd primary.

Hoefling said, “In seven days, we have heard nothing back from the Governor or his campaign. As the challenger, I’ve done my part. Now the ball is in his court.”

The Hoefling debate proposal includes four smaller events hosted and organized by willing county GOP organizations within the four congressional districts, and would culminate in a large venue debate hosted by the state party. Any proceeds would be split proportionally between the various party organizations participating, for use in electing local Republicans in November. Moderation would be provided by the state and county party chairmen.

Hoefling said at the time, “I think ‘Building Iowa’s Future,’ which is Terry Branstad’s campaign theme, is the right focus for debate. But I also think that the people of Iowa deserve to hear both candidates in this primary explain fully what they think that future should look like.”

He added, “If Governor Branstad does not find this reasonable, constructive proposal to be acceptable, I am willing to debate any time, anywhere in the state, under any circumstance.”


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