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Who They Will Endorse and Will It Will Mean for the 2012 Iowa Caucus
TheIowaRepublican.com ^ | 2/16/2011 | Kevin Hall

Posted on 02/16/2011 9:37:15 AM PST by bigred08

The pursuit of endorsements from Iowa’s key GOP politicians creates a new dynamic for presidential candidates. Unlike the 2008 Caucus, when Steve King was the only major elected office holder who offered an endorsement, Iowa has four top Republican officials who could play a key role in 2012. Last week’s news that Senator Charles Grassley plans to endorse a candidate as early as this summer has campaigns angling for his affection.

The key to an impactful endorsement is whether or not it comes with the full political weight of the endorser. Will the endorser’s staff, advisors, donors, and top volunteers also get involved? Will the endorser make calls to activists and try to sway their opinion? Those are questions the endorsee must ask or it is not worth their time and effort.

With that in mind, here are the four key Iowa GOP politicians that presidential candidates will be courting over the next several months, who they might back, who they probably won’t back, and what their endorsement could mean.

(Excerpt) Read more at theiowarepublican.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 2012; barbour; bobvanderplaats; chuckgrassley; huckabee; iowacaucus; iowagop; obama; pawlenty; romney; steveking; terrybranstad

1 posted on 02/16/2011 9:37:17 AM PST by bigred08
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To: bigred08
Who They Will Endorse and What It Will Mean for the 2012 Iowa Caucus
2 posted on 02/16/2011 9:40:20 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Iron Munro

I hope it’s the only non-gay one , Ron Paul.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 9:42:49 AM PST by de.rm (It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see')
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To: bigred08

A lot of us are fed up with Rinos in Iowa determining the next Republican loser for president.

Hopefully, the conservative republicans will just ignore this pimple on the road to being a president.


4 posted on 02/16/2011 10:07:54 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: de.rm

Ummm....no.


5 posted on 02/16/2011 10:15:59 AM PST by bigred08
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To: bigred08
"Oh , yeah, baby, in more ways than one!"
6 posted on 02/16/2011 10:25:03 AM PST by de.rm (It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see')
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To: de.rm

God help us if it’s him.


7 posted on 02/16/2011 10:33:57 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: bigred08

Our only hopes are Romney, Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels and maybe Jon Huntsman./s


8 posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:04 AM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: b4its2late

Move on, get hip, the others are a gaggle of compromised new ‘vorld order ( insert derogatory term here


9 posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:50 AM PST by de.rm (It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see')
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To: b4its2late

Don’t worry. He didn’t get mentioned in connection with any of the 4. lol


10 posted on 02/16/2011 10:39:32 AM PST by Netizen
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To: Netizen
That's because he's "not" connected . . . .
11 posted on 02/16/2011 10:51:39 AM PST by de.rm (It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see')
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To: Grampa Dave

RINO’s in Iowa and RINO’s in New Hampshire: two groups which should be ignored.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 10:56:23 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Grampa Dave

We don’t have a RINO problem exactly here in Iowa. We do in the respect that we have a big block of religious conservatives who’ll vote for the person who says ‘Jesus’ the most. That’s why they picked the Schumckabee last time and Robertson in the 80’s.

This time? I don’t know. I think it’s a free-for-all-here right now.

That said, Iowa isn’t all that important. It’s more a testing ground. It’s important for the candidate who’s a rising start to make a name and get some momentum. It’s a killer for front runners like Romney who had to blow alot of dough and effort to come on 2nd after a big hype that he’d win. But we only pick the winner of the whole shebang about 1/2 the time or less on the GOP side.


13 posted on 02/16/2011 11:04:02 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: de.rm
Sarah Palin is the only way to go. Did you just offend Sarah Palin, or is that your idea of a joke?
14 posted on 02/16/2011 11:07:43 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (PALIN/WEST 2012)
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To: bigred08

The GOP will nominate Romney to face the annointed one...bet on it.


15 posted on 02/16/2011 11:10:32 AM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: Friendofgeorge

Love her, & Ron Paul, & anyone uncompromised, & no I wasn’t considering her “as one of the guys.”


16 posted on 02/16/2011 11:13:00 AM PST by de.rm (It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see')
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To: Free Vulcan

If you say “Jesus” and “ethanol” in the same sentence, people faint,too.


17 posted on 02/16/2011 11:29:16 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: choctaw man

If it’s Romney, we’re going to get our asses kicked.


18 posted on 02/16/2011 11:32:49 AM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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To: de.rm

Not being on their radar is NOT a good thing! :)


19 posted on 02/16/2011 11:35:58 AM PST by Netizen
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To: Darren McCarty
If it’s Romney, we’re going to get our asses kicked.

Yep, true conservatives will stay home.

20 posted on 02/16/2011 12:03:11 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS
Yep, true conservatives will stay home.

All 5 of you who won't vote for anyone anyway.

21 posted on 02/16/2011 12:50:32 PM PST by Force of Truth (You don't have to be smart or be good even. If you want my vote, you just have to be CHEAP.)
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To: de.rm
I hope it’s the only non-gay one , Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is a tard.

22 posted on 02/16/2011 12:54:34 PM PST by Force of Truth (You don't have to be smart or be good even. If you want my vote, you just have to be CHEAP.)
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To: Grampa Dave
A lot of us are fed up with Rinos in Iowa determining the next Republican loser for president.

This shows you do not have the slightest idea of WHO goes to the caucuses in Feb. in Iowa.

Pay attention to who has won it in previous years.

If Iowa has a problem, it's that we are dominated by single issue (abortion) voters and that issue takes precedence over all others.

I agree with that but the last time, Iowa chose Huck and even though he has impeccable pro-life credentials, he is no conservative but that didn't matter.

23 posted on 02/16/2011 1:00:31 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Free Vulcan
I agree. I was in a meeting with a Palin operative one day and I gave him the advice to have her mention God a lot. (I am not necessarily supporting Palin).

It is also our job to weed out the bottom feeders.

I don't have the slightest clue who I will support.

24 posted on 02/16/2011 1:06:10 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: de.rm

Glad to hear it! Because it`s going to be Palin/West 2012


25 posted on 02/16/2011 1:26:48 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (PALIN/WEST 2012)
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To: bigred08; All

Iowa and take its corn subsides (caucuses too) and shove ‘m where the sun don’t shine!


26 posted on 02/16/2011 2:22:55 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Free Vulcan

IA is SUPER Important in 2012.

If the nominee is not perceived as being a solid social conservative, you can write the state off quickly. A lukewarm caucus performance does not bode well for the nominee.

More importantly, IA offers a path to victory without winning OH. If our nominee wins the McCain States + NC,IN,VA, and FL (all very good at the moment), then we could theoretically lose OH, but still win the election by winning IA+CO and either NV or WI.


27 posted on 02/16/2011 3:18:28 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: bigred08

In the future, please restrict your blog material to the bloggers forum.


28 posted on 02/16/2011 4:06:23 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: parksstp

It’s going to be easier to win Ohio than Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada or Colorado


29 posted on 02/17/2011 12:37:17 AM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: bigred08

Iowa is serious Yankee land....no disrespect

hence Romney.....

no red meat for them


30 posted on 02/17/2011 1:00:28 AM PST by wardaddy (I support the Bedford Forrest license plate in Mississippi Haley Barbour bravely refuses to denounce)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I look at all the bs that comes from the liberal MSM on Iowa and NH, and how they manipulate the reality to create the Republican candidate for the next election.

SO $crew it.

Iowa/NH will lose a lot of money, and America will probably be better off.


31 posted on 02/17/2011 9:19:48 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Vigilanteman

“RINO’s in Iowa and RINO’s in New Hampshire: two groups which should be ignored.”

Amen brother.

Ignore these small potholes or pimples in selecting the Republican Presidential candidate as their importance is blown out of porportion by the left wing MSM to force a loser as a candidate for our party.


32 posted on 02/17/2011 9:22:43 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Huck and “pro-life” — that’s a joke! Ask the families of all those cops in WA who died at the hand of the killer he gave clemency to.


33 posted on 02/17/2011 9:25:23 AM PST by Yaelle
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