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…The reported pick is by no means an arbitrary one: Iowa and China have a long relationship, and much of it has to do with Branstad and his friendship with Chinese president Xi Jinping, which goes back to long before he took office.
“Their relationship has been a long time in the making,” said Tim Albrecht, a former Branstad spokesperson, in an interview with BuzzFeed News…
On the Republican side, Reynolds would be a force to be reckoned with, particularly having the advantage of a year in office to fill out Branstad’s term.
“Kim Reynolds would electrify and excite Republicans up and down the ticket,” Albrecht said. “She would undoubtedly be the top contender for the Republican nomination in 2018.”