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Campaign ads preface gubernatorial debate

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- One ad claims Iowa's current governor has spent the state deeply into debt. Another ad insists the man making that claim -- a former Iowa governor -- is being "dishonest."

The spots are the latest volley in a growing war of words between the Culver and Branstand campaigns. Tuesday night, the two men meet face-to-face on a Sioux City stage.

Don't expect former Iowa governor Terry Bandstad to call current governor Chet Culver "Big Debt Chet" on stage, tonight. Branstad is letting a TV ad do that for him. The ad is a parody of the 1961 Jimmy Dean classic, "Big Bad John."

Branstad's campaign manager says Culver has okayed an "ever-expanding" debt load, made larger by the I-JOBS infrastructure program he authorized last year.

Culver's campaign will hit back in a new ad that has yet to air in Iowa. It's called, "Dishonest."

Culver says Branstad racked up $4.3 billion during his 16-year run as governor. Culver says he's "anxious" for the voters to get the facts, to compare the records. He thinks that, once they do that, the choice will be clear.

The debate starts at 7:00. We'll have a wrap-up on NewsChannel 4 at Ten.

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