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** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, leads one of only three states where legislative control is split between parties. Taxes and education this session will take a back seat to less-important issues so something can pass the legislature. (Associated Press)

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, leads one of only three states where legislative control is split between parties. Taxes and education this session will take a back seat to less-important issues so something can pass the legislature. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011 photo. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011 photo. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press Iowa GOP Gov. Terry Branstad wrote an editorial in The Hill arguing that killing subsidies for wind power would leave it as “the only energy source without federal tax support.”

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**FILE** Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks May 11, 2011, during an interview with The Associated Press in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in this May 11, 2011, file photo taken in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa straw poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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**FILE** Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks May 11, 2011, during an interview with The Associated Press in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

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“We need to do a better job of … convincing our fellow Americans who perhaps don’t see things the way we do,” Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, says at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday party. (Associated Press)

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“We need to do a better job of … convincing our fellow Americans who perhaps don’t see things the way we do,” Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, says at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday party. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signaled his intent to clash with state-employee unions on some issues, making the same point his Wisconsin counterpart has; namely, that some trimming of benefits will be necessary to prevent layoffs.

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Iowa Republican gubernatorial hopeful Terry Branstad, who served from 1983 to 1999, is seeking a fifth term.