When Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll, decided to seek the Republican nomination for governor, he knew there would be many others in the race.
Though that field has dwindled somewhat, he said he will be staying put.
"I have discovered there is a place for me in this field," he said. "I have no intentions of backing out."
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Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll gestures during his speech on Friday.
Roberts said it was hard to raise money in such a crowded field, but it was a disadvantage that believed all the candidates faced. Such competition is only possible because of one reason: current incumbent Gov. Chet Culver.
"He's vulnerable," Roberts said. "And that doesn't happen too often in Iowa politics where you find an incumbent governor vulnerable in his re-election bid."
Roberts has built his campaign around three fundamental platforms: fiscal responsibility, creating a friendly business climate and having respect for the people you serve.
Regarding fiscal matters, Roberts said one of his priorities would be to restore the Rebuilt Iowa Infrastructure Fund. That fund paid for a lot of capital improvements with gambling dollars, Roberts said. However, the money was eventually switched over to the general fund, Roberts said.
"So what did he propose?" Roberts said of the governor when it came time to work on capital improvement projects. "Borrowing."
Roberts laid the state's financial woes clearly on the spending that has taken place over the past several years.
"We've been on a spending spree that is unsustainable and we know it," he said.
Roberts, who grew up in nearby Zearing, said he used to deliver papers for the newspaper.
"I learned a lot about hard work and responsibility carrying the paper for the Times-Republican," he said.
He has served as an elected representative in the Iowa House since 2001.
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