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In campaign for sixth term as governor, Branstad sets more modest goals compared with 2010

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Back in 2010, Gov. Terry Branstad pledged to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce government spending as part of his bid to return to office. Four years later, his re-election campaign promises are far less ambitious.

The Republican governor — who holds a significant lead over Democrat Jack Hatch in recent polls — has released just a handful of policy proposals so far in his run for a sixth non-consecutive term. All are modest in nature, dealing with issues like college tuition and Internet access. Much of his campaign trail chat is about his recent achievements in office, including collaborating with the Legislature on a property tax cut and new education spending.

Branstad said the agenda he laid out in 2010 was always meant to take five years, so he's still working to meet those targets.

"In addition to those ambitious goals, we are also spelling out goals I want to accomplish in this coming term," he said.

Hatch, a state lawmaker from Des Moines, said Branstad doesn't want to create high expectations for another term.

"He can't even meet the promises he made four years ago," Hatch said.

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