Iowa Governor Chet Culver Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Iowa Governor Chet Culver Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 16
, 2010

Des Moines, IA ( — Iowa Governor Chet Culver has a friend in abortion business Planned Parenthood and its political action committee endorsed him today. Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa PAC endorsed Culver in his race against Republican candidate Terry Branstad.

"I am so pleased to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood," Culver said in response.

"I’ve worked very hard in my first term to maintain and improve family planning and women’s rights in the state of Iowa and I am proud to have their support in this election," he said of the pro-abortion group.

Culver, also endorsed by Planned Parenthood in 2006, took the occasion to bash his opponent, saying he is wrongly campaigning in support of a bill that would allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion.

"Branstad even campaigned on enacting a law similar to the one passed in Oklahoma," he said. "Well, I believe that is wrong."

Culver’s campaign may not gain many new supporters from among Iowa’s socially conservative residents but a Rasmussen Reports poll shows it needs help.

Branstad appears well on his way at this point to an unprecedented fifth term as governor of Iowa with the poll showing Branstad earning 57% support, while his Democratic opponent, Culver, gets 31% of the vote.

Another 6 percent prefer some other candidate while 6 percent remain undecided.

This is Branstad’s best showing and Culver’s worst in surveys going back to last September. In late April, Branstad posted a 53% to 38% lead over Culver.

In the previous surveys, the Republican’s support has fallen in the narrow range of 52% to 54%. Culver has earned 34% to 38% of the vote in that same period.

Branstad, who served as governor from 1983 to 1999, won a three-way GOP Primary contest last week with 50% of the vote. Culver, first elected governor in 2006 with 54% of the vote, was unchallenged in his own party.

Forty-one percent now approve of the job Culver is doing as governor, while 58% disapprove. This is in line with findings in the previous surveys Rasmussen has conducted.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Iowa voters favor repeal of the national health care plan that President Barack Obama signed that contains massive abortion funding. This includes 38% who Strongly Favor repeal and 31% who Strongly Oppose it.

In 2007, Culver signed a bill into law that overturns the state’s ban on human cloning and allows scientists to use embryonic stem cells from days-old unborn children who are cloned and killed.


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