Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is from the area, is currently sitting before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee in confirmation hearings to become the next Ambassador to China. Branstad was formally introduced by both Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst.
What follows are excerpts from his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Committee took a moment to make some opening remarks.
Branstad then began to answer questions from members of the Senate including those of Senator Cardin.
Senator Markey wanted Branstad to answer questions on the drug Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The drug is being used illegally and is sometimes used in heroin under names like Apache, China Girl, Goodfella, Murder 8, TNT, or Tango and Cash. Many of the ingredients for Fentanyl come from China. Markey wanted to know how Branstad felt about the drug and what should be done.
Branstad was peppered with questions on how the United States should handle the current North Korean crisis and how it relates to China. Branstad offered suggestions and observations on the issue.
All videos are courtesy of You Tube and C-Span.