Schwarm said he'd first heard that story from Branstad's mother and it had been repeated so many times that it "was taken as gospel."
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"He's creating quite a buzz," former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Richard Schwarm told the Associated Press. "He is someone Iowa caucus-goers are going to take very seriously."
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