Skip to comments.Tom Hoefling challenges Terry Branstad to five debates over Iowa’s future
Posted on 03/16/2014 12:10:49 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
For immediate release
March 16, 2014
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 Iowas Future, which is Terry Branstads 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.
Terry won’t do 5 debates.
He’s got the election in the bag.
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.
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?
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?
I have a question, what do you do for a living. Just curious, would like to know what field you are currently involved with.
A constitutional lawyer. /s
“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.”
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.
I don’t have any problem being embraced by the rank and file of the GOP.
But you haven’t shown them that you’re a team player. Why should they support you?
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.
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?
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.
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.
LOL, you must not know EternalVigilance, getting honesty out of him is like trying to squeeze orange juice from a rock.
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.
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.
So, what are you doing in your state to shake up the status quo?
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.
I’m not running for President of the United States, and Governor, and trolling against Governor Palin.
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.
I’m sorry that you can’t differentiate between trolling and having honest disagreements with your favorite politician’s positions and policies.
Thanks. That will give you some base line to see if you
can motivate the electorate during the next 2 1/2 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VERY GOOD! If I were Branstad I’d be happy to schedule 5 debates if I was outside looking in.
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.
I thought you rejected that third party, and became a republican?
That “third party” has never been what you think it is.
But you’ve never listened.
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.
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.
“.....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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”