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Iowa GOP Leaders urge candidates to skip DM Register/IPTV Debate
The Iowa Republican ^ | November 1, 2011 | Kevin Hall

Posted on 11/01/2011 1:46:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

There is a movement among some prominent Iowa Republicans to undermine a scheduled GOP presidential debate sponsored by the Des Moines Register and aired by Iowa Public Television. The debate, scheduled for December 19, would be the third candidate forum in Iowa over a span of nine days. Some county GOP leaders believe that is too many.

ABC and Fox News have presidential debates scheduled for December 10 and December 15, respectively. Both are sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa. State central committee member and Carroll County GOP chair Craig Williams fears the candidates will not want to participate in all three, so he is encouraging them to skip the third one.

Part of Williams’ concerns stem from a perceived liberal bias from the Des Moines Register, as well as the fact that IPTV is taxpayer funded. Williams, along with Clay County GOP chair Kris Thiessen and Hardin County GOP co-chair Andy Cable, sent a letter to GOP county leaders across the state, urging them to join the movement. It reads, in part:

“As Republicans who believe in smaller government, is it wise to attend a debate shown on tax payer funded television and taped in a tax payer funded studio with questions asked by taxpayer funded “journalists”? Should Iowans last look at the Republican candidates be through the eyes of the Des Moines Register, who thought it would be funny to show a picture of someone wearing a tin foil hat and pass him off to be a typical Republican caucus attendee? Or through the eyes of a newspaper which has called Congressman Steve King, an “embarrassment” for standing up for Republican principles? We think not.”

The letter to county leaders also states that they “do not wish to cut the Des Moines Register or PBS completely out of the debate picture. They are certainly welcome to purchase a ticket from the Republican Party of Iowa for the December 10th and/or December 15th debates.”

Williams hopes to collect more signatures from GOP central committees over the next few days. Then, he will send a letter to each GOP presidential campaign later this week, detailing the objections to the DM Register/IPTV debate. Williams tells TheIowaRepublican that more than 1/3 of the county central committees have signed the letter. “We’re corner to corner at this point. At least one person from each county party has sent back a note saying they’re on board with it.”

If any other county central committee members would like to attach their name to the letter, send an email to

Below is a copy of the letter that will be sent to the GOP presidential campaigns later this week.

Dear Republican Presidential Candidate:.....

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1 posted on 11/01/2011 1:46:48 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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2 posted on 11/01/2011 1:47:35 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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3 posted on 11/01/2011 1:53:35 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who gave the Libs at the Register and Iowa Public TV the ultimate call ?

4 posted on 11/01/2011 2:47:47 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am willing to help coordinate a Free Republic sponsored debate here in Iowa.
I will arrange the podium location, lighting etc..

Hint, Mitt Romney might find himself having to talk extra loud!

5 posted on 11/01/2011 2:55:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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6 posted on 11/01/2011 3:03:33 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Were I a candidate, I don't think I could find the time to answer a question from the Des Moines Register editorial staff. Nor for any PBS outlet.

Hell, yes. Leave these worthless liberals high and dry.

7 posted on 11/01/2011 3:06:25 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I like it..Could it be that GOP stands for Gonads On 'Pubbies?

Looking at the Politico hit job on Cain, remember they debate sponsored by Politico and MSNBC..that was a farce..

8 posted on 11/01/2011 3:19:16 PM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This was the debate, during the last election, where the school-marmish newpaper woman infuriated everyone with her liberal-oriented questions. Sounds like a good idea to diss it.

9 posted on 11/01/2011 3:40:14 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Is that the one from 4 years ago that the moderator wanted a “show of hands” rather than discussion?

10 posted on 11/01/2011 10:25:23 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

I think she’s still there...

11 posted on 11/02/2011 5:09:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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