Iowa Gov. Branstad has no intention of joining Trump ticket

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has no intention of becoming Donald Trump’s running mate.

When asked at his weekly news conference whether he’d consider joining a Trump ticket he declined to answer with an emphatic no, but said he didn’t want to get into that type of speculation. He says he’s honored to serve the people of Iowa and “not intending to be a candidate for national office.”

Branstad says he’s offered to advise Trump on renewable fuels including ethanol and wind energy and the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee has indicated an interest in working with Branstad on those issues.

Branstad’s 40-year-old son, Eric, is the Trump campaign’s state director in Iowa.

Branstad, who has endorsed Trump, doesn’t complete his current term as governor until 2019.