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Chris Christie's Visit show he would be a force in 2016
The Iowa Republican ^ | July 18, 2014 | Kevin Hall

Posted on 07/18/2014 4:34:42 AM PDT by iowamark

MARION and DAVENPORT – Anyone who tells you Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations are in trouble might think differently if they saw how Iowa Republicans reacted to the New Jersey governor on Thursday.

Locals jam packed a Cedar Rapids-area restaurant in the mid-afternoon just for the chance to shake Christie’s hand. Then he wowed a crowd of 300 in Davenport with a motivational speech that had attendees buzzing.

“He sort of rallied the troops for Governor Branstad, which he did a fantastic job of,” said Jeanita McNulty, who lives in rural Scott County. “And then, I think he was here to plant a seed. He talked about what he had done working with the other party and so I think he did plant that seed and so I think he was here for those two things and did a good job with both of them.”

Governor Christie’s reputation has been damaged during the past year due to the Bridgegate scandal, but he remains a GOP star. That was evidenced by the media horde that followed him throughout the day. Around 40 reporters from across the state and the country were on the scene in both Marion and Davenport.

Bridgegate aside, some of Christie’s stances are not conservative enough for many Iowa Republican caucusgoers. However, the same could be said of Mitt Romney, who came within three-dozen votes of winning the 2012 Iowa Caucus. And Chris Christie connects with an audience much better than Romney.

Also, a lot of Iowans seem willing to take Christie at his word regarding the Bridgegate issue.

“You know, if Governor Christie says he didn’t know anything about that, I take him at his word and believe what he says,” said Scott County GOP Chair Judy Davidson. “I think Iowa voters are smart. Iowans don’t base their vote on a potential scandal. They base it on the issues, talking to the candidates and meeting with them, more than once. We’re kind of spoiled.”

Even Jamie Johnson, a social conservative who worked for Rick Santorum’s 2012 campaign and publicly declared he would not support Romney in the general election, heaped praise on Christie’s Davenport speech.

“He blended personal stories with an overarching theme of Republican victory in every election and it resonated very, very well on these attendees. 300 people tonight left here very impressed with Chris Christie,” Johnson said.

During the stop in Marion, a reporter asked Christie about a new poll that shows 1/3 of Iowa Republicans disapproving of Christie. The New Jersey governor dismissed the findings, in his usual, inimitable style.

“Only a third? That’s not bad. I’ll take it,” Christie replied. “Every time I come here to Iowa I get a great sense of affection and respect, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be universally loved. And if you want to be universally loved in this business, then you’re the absolute poster boy for being ineffective.”

Christie’s presence at various events in Iowa Thursday resulted in significant dollars being raised for the Republican Governors Association, Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and the Branstad/Reynolds campaign. The Davenport event, which was a Branstad fundraiser, brought in more than six figures, even though tickets were only $25 apiece.

“We’ve been to these events here many times over the years and this was about as big a crowd as we’ve ever had here,” said longtime Scott County activist Jim Davis.

County Chairperson Judy Davidson said there was a late rush of ticket sales once more people found out about the event. The Scott County GOP office received calls Thursday morning from folks asking if they could pay at the door.

“People were excited about coming to hear him,” Davidson said.

Christie spent the first part of his speech in Davenport praising Governor Branstad and the other Iowa Republicans on the ticket.

“It’s kind of funny to stand up here and hear Governor Terry Branstad say that I was an inspiration for him to run for governor,” Christie said. “This is a legend. This is a guy who has set the example for governors all across the country in both parties, and not just because he initially served four terms and did an extraordinary job. But to me, the thing that makes his public service so extraordinary is the example he has set the last four years.”

The second half was the part a lot of attendees will remember the most. Almost like a football coach delivering a pregame speech before a playoff game, Chris Christie encouraged the GOP activists in attendance to do everything they can in the next 110 days to ensure they don’t wake up disappointed on November 5.

“Maybe the clock radio wakes up and your hear the news about the slim losses by Republicans in Iowa. Do you want to lay there and think to yourself, “If I’d only done a little bit more? If I’d only put aside some of my personal pursuits for that 110 days and put my state first, put my country first. Just for 110 days,” Christie said.

Only briefly did Chris Christie discuss presidential politics during his Davenport appearance. Toward the end of his speech, he mentioned having a Republican-led Congress would force the president of this country to finally be a leader and not be “a bystander in the Oval Office”.

Two minutes later, he briefly dangled the 2016 carrot in front of the audience.

“When we get done on November 4, 2014, we will all turn our eyes toward 2016 and taking our country back, but first things first everybody,” Christie said to applause from the crowd.

So, do Iowans love Christie, as he famously claimed in an interview several months ago? Some, apparently.

“You have these folks from the press follow me around asking me, ‘Do people in Iowa love you, governor?’” There was a big cheer from the audience, indicating many in attendance do.

“I had never met him before but I’d seen him on TV so much and so often,” said Jim Davis. “I’m sure the press wanted to grill him about the problem with the George Washington Bridge and traffic and so forth, but I think he’s an outstanding governor and I think he could be an outstanding candidate for president of the United States.”

That was not an official endorsement, by the way. However, it was a sign that many Iowa activists are still very open to the idea of a Chris Christie candidacy for the nation’s highest office.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: chrischristie
22 minute video of Christie speech in Davenport
1 posted on 07/18/2014 4:34:42 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Efffff Shamu!


2 posted on 07/18/2014 4:36:36 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: iowamark

Nope, sorry. I’m not voting for the fat RINO.


3 posted on 07/18/2014 4:37:22 AM PDT by VOR78
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To: iowamark

Yeah, a force of gravity...


4 posted on 07/18/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: iowamark

No he wouldn’t. If he were the nominee, his bridgegate problem will reappear and be pounded on daily.

We don’t want him anyway. No more East Coast liberal republicans, thank you.


5 posted on 07/18/2014 4:38:58 AM PDT by dforest
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To: iowamark

This website is an establishment rag….taking the establishment point of view….


6 posted on 07/18/2014 4:41:14 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: iowamark

“Anyone who tells you Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations are in trouble might think differently if they saw how Iowa Republicans reacted to the New Jersey governor on Thursday.”

Reason #438 to disregard the Iowa caucus, and only award electoral votes based on closed primaries.


7 posted on 07/18/2014 4:42:01 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: dforest
No he wouldn’t. If he were the nominee, his bridgegate problem will reappear and be pounded on daily.

Probably not during the primaries. Like McCain and Romney he will be tossed softballs till the general. Then he will be torn a new blow hole.

8 posted on 07/18/2014 4:45:56 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Christy is just a VERY FAT SLOB version of the “bastard” Mitt Romney ....


9 posted on 07/18/2014 4:46:46 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: VOR78
Nope, sorry. I’m not voting for the fat RINO.

How about if he's on the 2016 ticket as VP with a serious conservative running for president?

10 posted on 07/18/2014 4:50:30 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: VOR78

Iowa Republicans are an odd breed of cat. Founded in the depths of populism and Progressivism, many of them are more radical than even their Democrat counterparts, and knowing their ability to shift public perceptions early on, they tend to skew the presidential preferential selection process by not taking a poll of at least a sliver of the voters, but by meeting in caucus without an actual campaign ever being conducted. Which is one of the reasons the Iowa caucus results are so widely variant with those of New Hampshire, where there actually IS an election of sorts.

The Iowa caucus is an exercise in futility, if the objective is to get an early feel for the relative popularity of one candidate over another. Most straw polls are more accurate.


11 posted on 07/18/2014 4:50:41 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: iowamark

I wish the GOP would have their first caucus in Texas and first primary in Oklahoma. Then we wouldn’t have REAL Conservative candidates, who aren’t swayed by the typical Iowegian Caucuser’s question, “But what are you going to do about early childhood education”?


12 posted on 07/18/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: dforest

No more liberal Republicans, period.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 4:54:14 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: iowamark
I agree that Christie is going to be a "force" in 2016. However, I don't think the guy is going to be a presidential candidate at all. Or if he does run, he's going to run a half-@ssed campaign like we saw from Rudy Giuliani in 2008 -- where the campaign was nothing more than a national speaking tour on someone else's dime, for the sole purpose of developing business opportunities.

I've said for a long time that Christie's real motivation is to parlay his political clout in the GOP into a nomination for the U.S. Attorney General post.

14 posted on 07/18/2014 4:54:42 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: alloysteel

A constitutional amendment for all states Presidential candidate selections to be a 1 man 1 vote by secret ballot.
Caucus gave us zer0. (Not that Hitlery would have been better)


15 posted on 07/18/2014 4:58:03 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: iowamark

There you go folks, the media has chosen your nominee for 2016, they and the GOPe expect you to fall in line and do your duty.


16 posted on 07/18/2014 4:58:16 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Vaquero

When it comes to selecting delegates to the national convention, the 2012 Iowa process ended up with a easy majority of delegates for Ron Paul.


17 posted on 07/18/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: iowamark

To this day victims of hurricane Sandy have not received a dime in aid despite tubby kissing the Kenyans arse. How many days did Bush get before they called him a racist? 4 days? Tubby kissed the Kenyans arse, got stabbed in the back, and destroyed his credibility in the process.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 5:03:28 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: iowamark
CAESAR (aside to ANTONY) Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.


19 posted on 07/18/2014 5:04:16 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. NEgypt.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: jjotto

I do not know who would be worse. Romney or looney papa Paul.


20 posted on 07/18/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: iowamark

This is the Republican Party, no new ideas, just recycled old ones - Mitt Romney, Khristy Kream, Jeb Bush, etc. This is the first time in my life that I’ve considered not voting - but I will not vote for someone like this.


21 posted on 07/18/2014 5:07:12 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: iowamark
If Chris Christie decides to run in 2016 he will be a force.

F=MA..??..

22 posted on 07/18/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT by IamConservative (If fighting fire with fire is a good idea, why do the pros use water?)
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To: iowamark

Low information voters.


23 posted on 07/18/2014 5:13:51 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Patton@Bastogne

…and with a lot less non government job experience…..


24 posted on 07/18/2014 5:15:31 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: iowamark

Yes... a very WEIGHTY force.

Seriously though... a force for.. what? The Presidency?

If Christie wants to be on the national stage, he should position himself to run in 2018 vs. Menendez for Senate.


25 posted on 07/18/2014 5:18:09 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: IamConservative

The mass is there but the acceleration is iffy?


26 posted on 07/18/2014 5:18:15 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: iowamark
Then he wowed a crowd of 300 in Davenport

300, huh? I'm whelmed.

27 posted on 07/18/2014 5:18:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Vaquero
The mass is there but the acceleration is iffy?

Yep. Definitely need a downhill start.

28 posted on 07/18/2014 5:19:53 AM PDT by IamConservative (If fighting fire with fire is a good idea, why do the pros use water?)
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To: Sooth2222

I’m not sure. The ‘serious’ conservative himself might have problems convincing me of the strength of his convictions if he named one of the biggest RINOs in the country as his VP.


29 posted on 07/18/2014 5:20:54 AM PDT by VOR78
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To: iowamark

Chris Christie is a Whig. If he runs as the GOP nominee, it’s time for a new party. At least one establishment party will be destroyed.


30 posted on 07/18/2014 5:22:38 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: ScottinVA

Fundraiser. No doubt it had a healthy entrance fee.

Branstadt has also been hosted by Jeb Bush in Florida for Iowa fundraising.


31 posted on 07/18/2014 5:25:57 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: iowamark

This is strictly my own opinion, and I probably take some flack for it, but this reception for Christie is exactly what I’d expect from Iowa.

Iowans are very nice, hospitable, welcoming people, who would do anything to avoid offending anyone.

But the farmers of Iowa have sold their souls to big government and will keep electing Obunga-types to keep the big ethanol checks coming.

When a Rino like Christie shows up in Iowa, the folks will turn out and cheer and fawn over him because that’s just their welcoming way.

But come election day, they’ll all turn out and vote for Hillary....or whoever the ‘rat candidate is, because they are sold out to big gubmint.


32 posted on 07/18/2014 5:31:06 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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33 posted on 07/18/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: iowamark

Christie will be a force in 2016. Romney is a burnt out loser. Too many people are tired of the Bushes. Christie may be the last RINO hope to either lose the election or at least choose someone who will continue expanding FedGov. 2016 is clearly our last chance to preserve freedom and restore America (if it’s not already too late), and our enemies will be all in behind the wobbliest big government liberal they can find. Christie fits the bill admirably.


34 posted on 07/18/2014 6:19:21 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Vaquero

McCain or Romney didn’t take Iowa.
Christie wouldn’t either


35 posted on 07/18/2014 8:14:02 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras
McCain or Romney didn’t take Iowa.
Christie wouldn’t either

My concerns is more for the Dhimmicrats being pressured to ‘have to vote for the black man’ mentality. But a caucus is not, in my opinion, any way to vote... That is, en mass, as a mob...not a very rugged individual type of method.

36 posted on 07/18/2014 8:51:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: iowamark

Fat boi is going nowhere. He’s a f’n DemocRat.


37 posted on 07/18/2014 9:36:29 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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bttt


38 posted on 07/18/2014 9:38:01 AM PDT by deport
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To: iowamark

This is Republican wing of the Uniparty wishful thinking. Christie will only be a force at the buffet table and not much more.


39 posted on 07/18/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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