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Tom Hoefling challenges Terry Branstad to five debates over Iowa’s future
Tom Hoefling for Iowa ^ | March 16, 2014

Posted on 03/16/2014 12:10:49 PM PDT by EternalVigilance

For immediate release

March 16, 2014

Contact: tomhoefling@gmail.com

2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Hoefling today challenged incumbent Governor Terry Branstad to a series of five debates in the run up to the June 3rd primary.

His proposal includes four smaller events hosted and organized by willing county GOP organizations within the four congressional districts, and would culminate in a large venue debate hosted by the state party. Any proceeds would be split proportionally between the various party organizations participating, for use in electing local Republicans in November. Moderation would be provided by the state and county party chairmen.

Hoefling said, “I think ‘Building Iowa’s Future,’ which is Terry Branstad’s campaign theme, is the right focus for debate. But I also think that the people of Iowa deserve to hear both candidates in this primary explain fully what they think that future should look like.”

He added, “If Governor Branstad does not find this reasonable, constructive proposal to be acceptable, I am willing to debate any time, anywhere in the state, under any circumstance.”

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: branstad; hoefling

1 posted on 03/16/2014 12:10:49 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Terry won’t do 5 debates.
He’s got the election in the bag.


2 posted on 03/16/2014 12:15:49 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That may or may not be, Eric.

But the fact remains, the people of Iowa deserve to hear what both candidates’ vision of the future of our state is.


3 posted on 03/16/2014 12:23:37 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

So your running as a Republican now instead of 3rd party? I think primary challenges against incumbents are generally a good thing and I hope you keep Branstad’s feet to the fire (though we both know he almost certainly won’t agree to these debates). My question is, if you lose the primary and Branstad is the nominee again, will you vote for him?


4 posted on 03/16/2014 12:24:31 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

I’ll be happy to answer that question, just as soon as it has been asked of the Governor, and he has supplied an answer.


5 posted on 03/16/2014 12:28:28 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance
I’ll be happy to answer that question, just as soon as it has been asked of the Governor, and he has supplied an answer.

Sure, he should indeed have to answer the same question. And if he refused to answer or indicated he would not vote for you in the general, I would think less of him for it. Darn right he should vote for you if you defeat him and become the nominee. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't answer the question. You have a history of 3rd party activity and no political party is going to embrace you, nor most of its voters, if they believe you aren't part of the team. If your not going to vote for the GOP nominee then your just using their machinery because you know you can't win as an indie. Why would any political party even acknowledge you if they know that is the case?

6 posted on 03/16/2014 12:37:07 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: EternalVigilance

I have a question, what do you do for a living. Just curious, would like to know what field you are currently involved with.


7 posted on 03/16/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT by gusty
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To: gusty

A constitutional lawyer. /s


8 posted on 03/16/2014 12:42:49 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: gusty

“Tom is a long-time national conservative political activist, writer, publisher, organizer, and consultant. He is known primarily for his pro-life work and his defense of traditional marriage. He has also been a long-time advocate for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, private property rights, economic liberty, fundamental tax reform, secure borders, and the maintenance of American sovereignty and security through a Reaganite peace through strength foreign policy.”

http://www.tomhoefling.com/biography.html


9 posted on 03/16/2014 12:52:43 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance
Agreed.
TB has been around for quite a while.

I remember when he was not Bob Ray's pick for Lt. Gov.

I covered the statehouse for radio/TV for a few years in the 70s.

10 posted on 03/16/2014 12:53:11 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Longbow1969

I don’t have any problem being embraced by the rank and file of the GOP.


11 posted on 03/16/2014 12:53:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

But you haven’t shown them that you’re a team player. Why should they support you?


12 posted on 03/16/2014 12:55:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I’m a team player for a core set of republican principles. Most of them know that. The ones that don’t will find out.

http://www.tomhoefling.com/platform.html


13 posted on 03/16/2014 1:00:24 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Bump


14 posted on 03/16/2014 1:01:40 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: EternalVigilance

You didn’t answer the question. If you aren’t a team player that will help them when they need it, why should they help you?


15 posted on 03/16/2014 1:02:28 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: berdie

later


16 posted on 03/16/2014 1:06:44 PM PDT by berdie
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To: EternalVigilance
I don’t have any problem being embraced by the rank and file of the GOP.

Aren't you supposed to be a straight shooter, not the typical politician? Yet you won't answer a simple yes or no question. If Branstad wins the Republican nomination, will you vote for him in the general election? It's just a yes or no question.

If you continue to not answer the question, I think we can all assume the answer is no, you won't vote for Branstad. And if no is the answer, then you are just using the Republican apparatus to get somewhere politically because you know you can't do it as an independent candidate.

If you ever want to get anywhere, you are going to have to approach this differently. Ron Paul got nowhere in the GOP, his son Rand just got done helping elect Jolly in Florida by helping move some libertarian votes his way. If your never a team player for the party you choose to run in, they will pretty much never acknowledge you.

Why not help campaign for Branstad if he wins the nomination? And we know that is the likely outcome. So you help him in his election effort and people and party members throughout the state may actually help you run for something next time around (assuming you make a decent candidate). Maybe start with something less than President or Governor.

17 posted on 03/16/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

I told you that I don’t have any problem answering the question. And I will be happy to do so when, out of fairness, it is asked of the Governor first. And answered, of course.


18 posted on 03/16/2014 1:14:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Longbow1969; EternalVigilance
Aren't you supposed to be a straight shooter, not the typical politician?

LOL, you must not know EternalVigilance, getting honesty out of him is like trying to squeeze orange juice from a rock.

19 posted on 03/16/2014 1:27:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

I have not been in the least dishonest. I simply won’t be bullied into playing the game of those who insist that we put party before principle. Sorry.


20 posted on 03/16/2014 1:32:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

We have watched you be dishonest, evasive, slippery, and the grubbiest kind of political operator here, for many years.

In recent years it was your Alan Keyes third party cooked up that was going to sweep the nation, now we find out that you are a republican again.

We get to watch you running for president, and now Governor, and you will continue playing the same old games.

Why don’t you call Palin and ask her for her endorsement, just do it before she sees your antiPalin trolling that you did here for years.


21 posted on 03/16/2014 1:40:25 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

So, what are you doing in your state to shake up the status quo?


22 posted on 03/16/2014 1:43:41 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Curious.

Is there any polling data out showing how the race is currently viewed by the electorate? If so can you provide a link or the stats? Thanks.


23 posted on 03/16/2014 1:49:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: EternalVigilance

I’m not running for President of the United States, and Governor, and trolling against Governor Palin.


24 posted on 03/16/2014 1:53:03 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: deport

Yeah. There’s a PPP poll that included my name. My name ID is still very low. I think it was 12%. With 11% support. But I was in a statistical dead heat with the Democrat, with both of us in the low thirties.

No doubt, Branstad’s numbers are very high. He’s the most powerful and successful politician in our state’s history.

But obviously, for many reasons, I believe this undertaking is worthwhile anyhow, no matter the final outcome.


25 posted on 03/16/2014 1:55:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: ansel12

I’m sorry that you can’t differentiate between trolling and having honest disagreements with your favorite politician’s positions and policies.


26 posted on 03/16/2014 1:56:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Thanks. That will give you some base line to see if you
can motivate the electorate during the next 2 1/2 months.


27 posted on 03/16/2014 1:59:40 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Exactly. Thanks.


28 posted on 03/16/2014 2:04:42 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

You have been trolling against Palin since she first went national in 2008.

Now you are the Presidential/Governor/ perennial candidate, one party then the other party, kind of guy.


29 posted on 03/16/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

I’ve never trolled Palin. Ever.

I’ve simply disagreed with her.

Again, I’m sorry that you don’t know the difference.

But I could make a case that you are trolling this thread.


30 posted on 03/16/2014 2:06:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Too bad your posting history says different, including the articles that you posted, you were going after Palin at least as early as September of 2008.

You might remember that for years you saw her support here as a threat to Alan Keyes, as he was searching for a job, and like you, he thought president was a good place to start in elective office.

Also like you, he would search around for a party to run for, from election to election.


31 posted on 03/16/2014 2:16:28 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: EternalVigilance

Wow, you were even going at her in the newsletter from that third party you used to support and write for, before you rejected them.


32 posted on 03/16/2014 2:22:51 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: deport

VERY GOOD! If I were Branstad I’d be happy to schedule 5 debates if I was outside looking in.


33 posted on 03/16/2014 2:24:27 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: ansel12

I didn’t reject anything.

You simply don’t understand the new model we have built. Because you won’t quit attacking me long enough to listen.


34 posted on 03/16/2014 3:32:12 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

I thought you rejected that third party, and became a republican?


35 posted on 03/16/2014 3:47:57 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

That “third party” has never been what you think it is.

But you’ve never listened.


36 posted on 03/16/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: ansel12

http://www.tomhoefling.com/8/post/2014/02/so-just-what-is-a-real-republican.html


37 posted on 03/16/2014 3:58:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Classic EV, slipping and sliding all around.

You dumped that party and became a republican, didn’t you?

Being the sane, modest man that you are, you ran for President as head of a political party, that you credited yourself as helping to build, this time only months later, you want to run for Governor as an anti-Palin republican.


38 posted on 03/16/2014 4:00:11 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

http://www.tomhoefling.com/8/post/2014/01/tom-hoefling-is-a-hard-core-conservative-ontheissuesorg.html


39 posted on 03/16/2014 4:05:51 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: ansel12

http://www.tomhoefling.com/8/post/2014/01/tom-hoefling-is-a-hard-core-conservative-ontheissuesorg.html


40 posted on 03/16/2014 4:06:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: ansel12

Palin has nothing to do with the Iowa GOP gubernatorial primary. That’s just silly.

I’ve never stopped being a republican, and I’m running as a Republican. It’s official. Live with it.


41 posted on 03/16/2014 4:08:31 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

“.....deserve to hear what both candidates’ vision of the future of our state is.”

What is your vision? Do you have solid business, investment, educational, agriculture contacts?

What would you do to strengthen the economy of your state over the next four years?

How does your resume prepare and qualify you to do that, better than your opponent?


42 posted on 03/16/2014 4:09:15 PM PDT by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: EternalVigilance

Gee, I could have sworn that you were the party chairman for a party, one for which you even ran as it’s nominee for president in 2012.

Even Romney wasn’t this slippery and dishonest in his efforts to evade people learning about him.


43 posted on 03/16/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: truth_seeker

No more Branstad Common Core.

True Local Control of the schools, which means getting the feds and the state out of the education business, and leaving the money at home, instead of sending it to Des Moines and DC, so they can run it through a big bureaucracy and then send a little back with strings attached.

Junk the crony capitalism that passes these days for “economic development.” Get rid of the state income tax. Deregulate. Cut out layers of bureaucracy. That will create a tide that will lift all boats. That’s how you strengthen the economy, by getting the hand of government off the throat of businesses and the taxpayers.

Those are a couple of the major things I’m running on.

And you might be surprised how much traction that message is getting. Across the political spectrum.

My only credentials are my principles and ideas, along with a twenty year track record of adhering to those principles in the political arena.


44 posted on 03/16/2014 4:21:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Hey Tom, have you ever won an election for any office?

I ask because you’ve been talking yourself up for years on FR, running for this or that office for what seems like forever.

Again, have you ever won any election or are you just becoming tedious?

I’m leaning towards tedious and am becoming annoyed at your constant self-promotion.


45 posted on 03/16/2014 4:40:30 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

I won’t annoy you any more, Jean. Just delete the thread. And my account if you want. I’m tired of being constantly trolled and nothing being done about it.


46 posted on 03/16/2014 4:56:15 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

My question was how do you make money. I believe you have to eat, so how to you pay for your food. The reason I ask, is I suspect you make your living fleecing the unwitting here of their hard earned money with your phony campaigns. When you ran for President last cycle, it seemed you spent the entire campaign on this forum. A good place to fleece the true believers and the unwitting. You seem to me to be a grifter, a con man.


47 posted on 03/16/2014 6:18:52 PM PDT by gusty
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To: gusty

A brilliant man once wrote this about Alan Keyes.

“Only a con man would go out and run in the Presidential primaries of three different parties in one year, especially a man that has never won any election, anywhere, ever.”


48 posted on 03/16/2014 7:01:26 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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