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Iowa GOP Senate hopefuls not committed to McConnell leadership
thegazette.com ^ | 3/14/14

Posted on 03/17/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT by cotton1706

It’s not only in Kentucky where Mitch McConnell is facing a challenge.

The U.S. Senate minority leader, who has to get past a tea party challenger to get to the general election where the Democratic opponent is gaining traction, isn’t getting much love from Iowa Republicans who hope to help the GOP to win back control of the Senate in this fall’s mid-term elections.

Sam Clovis, a retired Air Force colonel and college professor, doesn’t mince words when asked whether he’ll support McConnell, a five–term senator who has been minority leader since 2007.

“I think we need a change in leadership in the United States Senate,” he said at a Republican forum in Ida Grove back in November. “I’m going to go onto the floor of the Senate and make sure that vote goes to a leader other than the one we have right now. That’s the first thing.”

If that wasn’t clear enough, Clovis told a tea party gathering in December that “If Mitch McConnell still wants to be the leader, he’s not going to have my vote.”

Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has been a bit more nuanced. When asked about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, during a Tea Party Express interview, Whitaker said he favors repeal.

“But who the leader is in the Senate is going to make a big difference,” Whitaker said, “and if it’s someone like Sen. McConnell from Kentucky I’m not sure we’re going to have the same opportunities to advance a conservative agenda including repealing Obamacare that we would with a true conservative leader.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
I haven't looked into the Iowa race very much at all. But I like this guy Clovis!!

“I think we need a change in leadership in the United States Senate,” he said at a Republican forum in Ida Grove back in November. “I’m going to go onto the floor of the Senate and make sure that vote goes to a leader other than the one we have right now. That’s the first thing.”

1 posted on 03/17/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

A NO vote on McConnell leadership in either a majority or minority capacity is my litmus test for the Georgia Senatorial candidate to replace Saxby Chambliss. If the candidate won’t pledge to oust McConnell, I won’t vote for him or her, period. That includes Broun, the front runner.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Gaffer

Good for you!!


3 posted on 03/17/2014 1:36:08 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Clovis would be great


4 posted on 03/17/2014 1:37:22 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Do you know anything about him. Don’t know why but the Iowa Senate race has been completely off my radar.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 1:40:47 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Of those with a shot to win Clovis, Whitaker and Ernst make me the most comfortable in their positions. Jacobs is too noncommittal, Schaben has no shot, as much as I like him.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 1:45:06 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: cotton1706

Yes. I’ve watched the debate between the candidates. He is the most solid of them. Joni Ernst would be acceptable, but Clovis is better.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 1:45:14 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706

calling mcconnell a ‘leader’ is like calling yellow snow a work of art.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: cotton1706

What would the next GOP leader propose, other than end Obamacare, the GOP is running on empty? If that’s all the GOP has, why bother? Anyway, McConnell gets what he wanted. Obama won’t be reelected.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 1:50:21 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: cotton1706

Not committed is no where close to being good enough.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 2:38:31 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: cotton1706

Steve King, Clovis and Steve Deace have been attacking Scamnesty for a long time.


11 posted on 03/17/2014 2:55:49 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: cotton1706

Isn’t Clovis a Native American?


12 posted on 03/17/2014 4:41:11 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: kingattax
like calling yellow snow a work of art.

They way I do it, it is.

13 posted on 03/17/2014 4:42:07 PM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: cotton1706

Warms my heart to hear you say that. I served with Sam Clovis in the AF in Project Checkmate more than 30 years ago. He’s the real deal and Iowa would be hard put to find a better Senator to represent them. He may not look tall, dark and handsome but he is smart, courageous and unequalled when it comes to ethics.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 5:46:12 PM PDT by Portcall24
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To: cotton1706

Perry needs to come learn from Clovis. Rand Paul, too, but it’s too late for him, he’s circling the drain.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 5:50:02 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cotton1706

Sam Clovis is indeed a sterling person and would make an unbelievably good senator.

Unfortunately, the GOP nominee for Harkin’s open Senate seat will be the self-financed Mark Jacobs. Might not matter, as Democrat Bruce Braley is probably the next US Senator from Iowa.

All the likely candidates are squishy on illegal immigration, including Clovis, but at least him I trust.


16 posted on 03/17/2014 5:59:21 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: cotton1706

McConnell has an over 90% rating with whoever measures conservative politicians....good enough for me!


17 posted on 03/17/2014 6:18:07 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: Gaffer
If the candidate won’t pledge to oust McConnell, I won’t vote for him or her, period. That includes Broun, the front runner.

this is EXACTLY how so called Republicans gave us Obama. Do things exactly as I say or I'll stay home....thanks for nothing.

18 posted on 03/17/2014 6:21:25 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: terycarl

Not buying it. You guys sing that tune too much


19 posted on 03/17/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: terycarl

“McConnell has an over 90% rating with whoever measures conservative politicians....good enough for me!”

Yes, McConnell is a conservative. And carefully votes conservative to fool his constituents, and you obviously. And if he were just a back-bench senator with his record, I would support his reelection.

But he is the republican leader, and has helped Obama and the democrats and undermined the conservatives at every turn. He has tried to pack the US senate with moderates through the NRSC.

Wake up! I hope you don’t live in Kentucky!


20 posted on 03/18/2014 5:09:23 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Gaffer

>>If the candidate won’t pledge to oust McConnell, I won’t vote for him or her, period. That includes Broun, the front runner.

Broun has a history of not voting for milquetoast Republican “leadership.” Do any of the other Republican candidates?

Boehner Re-Elected Speaker—As Broun and Gohmert Vote for Allen West Instead
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/boehner-re-elected-speaker-broun-and-gohmert-vote-allen-west-instead#sthash.n4NEykzK.dpuf


21 posted on 03/18/2014 5:42:01 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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That’s good news. I look forward to him making the pledge then in the upcoming campaign.


22 posted on 03/18/2014 6:02:52 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: terycarl; Gaffer
this is EXACTLY how so called Republicans gave us Obama. Do things exactly as I say or I'll stay home....thanks for nothing.

Sorry bro, that dog doesn't hunt anymore.

I held my nose and voted for Romney in 2012, Dole in 1996, McCain in 2008, etc. I think I've earned the right to abstain from voting for any more GOPe candidates.

Why should I vote for Republicans whose primary mission is to destroy the TEA Party?

23 posted on 03/18/2014 6:16:05 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Night Hides Not
Why should I vote for Republicans

because if you don't, the Democraps will again win the election.

24 posted on 03/18/2014 12:12:02 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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