Vander Plaats: Said Branstad told him best way to beat an incumbent is too be a candidate with no political record. Branstad shaking head, "not true, not true". Branstad, "obviously your memory is not very good". I never said anything like you claim....your recollection is wrong or you are flat-out lying".
Vander P said it was March 14, 2000. He was at Branstad's house with VP's wife, Darla.
Roberts: The kind of dialogue we hear today is the kind of talk Iowans say we need to move past (sorry, this isn't the exact verbatum)
I ran in 1998 and lost by handful of votes. I could have worked harder.