Braley Apologizes in DMR Interview

Campaign mulls going on TV earlier to mitigate damage.

Scott Bland
April 4, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Rep. Bruce Bra­ley (D-01), in “his first in­ter­view with Iowa re­port­ers since his caught-on-tape com­ments” about Sen. Chuck Grass­ley (R) sur­faced, apo­lo­gized and said he “made a mis­take.” Bra­ley: “Be­ing a farm­er is a great qual­i­fic­a­tion to have to serve in the United States Con­gress. And the fact is that I have spent my whole life liv­ing with, work­ing for and work­ing on be­half of farm­ers, try­ing to be their voice in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives. … I was simply point­ing we out that dif­fer­ent life ex­per­i­ences. I have rep­res­en­ted farm­ers in fed­er­al court dur­ing the Iowa farm crisis. A farm­er from But­ler County. I don’t think Sen. Grass­ley had that life ex­per­i­ence. It’s just a simple dif­fer­ence of who we are and where we’ve come from.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

CHANGE IN STRATEGY? “The res­ult of Bra­ley’s gaffe is a sped-up cam­paign in which he has been thrust in­to the spot­light soon­er than his team ex­pec­ted,” rais­ing the pos­sib­il­ity of go­ing on TV earli­er than his camp had planned. Bra­ley ad­viser Jeff Link: “Well, we might. It’s an op­tion that we are dis­cuss­ing. We’ve had a plan in place to in­tro­duce Bruce either be­fore or around the June primary. (Wash­ing­ton Post)