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Branstad breaks down the '12 GOP field

The Des Moines Register gets Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), while in D.C. for the National Governors Association meeting, to break down the potential GOP presidential field.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2008 caucus winner: “I’m not even sure he’s going to run. But if he does, I think he’s obviously the favorite.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: A “fine governor” and Iowa neighbor “going about it in the right way. He’s putting an organization together.”

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: “I go way back with him. Don’t underestimate Haley.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: “The first governor that really took the fiscal bull by the horns.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: “There are a lot of social conservatives in Iowa.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “He’s not going to spend as much money or as much organization in Iowa” as he did in 2008.

*** UPDATE *** Branstad made these remarks to PBS. Apologies to our friends there.