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  • Trump Slams Evangelical Leader Vander Plaats on Twitter

    01/31/2016 3:17:18 PM PST · by TBP · 155 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | Greg Richter
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a slew of Twitter attacks on Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats Sunday morning, the second time he has done so in less than a week. Trump says that Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa-based Family Leader, asked him to stay in his hotels for free and also requested he speak at an event while seeking $100,000 for himself. He made the same statements on Tuesday in a similar Twitter storm. At that time, Vander Plaats said he and his family stayed for free in Trump's hotels because Trump insisted he do so in...
  • Donald Trump Attacks Bob Vander Plaats

    01/26/2016 1:03:12 PM PST · by Isara · 86 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | January 26, 2016 | Shane Vander Hart
    Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked Bob Vander Plaats, President/CEO of The FAMiLY Leader this morning on Twitter. Vander Plaats last month endorsed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for President.He started off quoting his Twitter follower’s tweets about an interview that Vander Plaats had on CNN as a surrogate for Cruz: "@xXFlame: .@bobvanderplaats Idiot Bob Plaats on CNN is DELUDED! Cruz's favorability ratings are 0%, NO ONE LIKES HIM. VOTE TRUMP INSTEAD!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2016 "@AynsFriend: @bobvanderplaats CRUZ IS DONE @CNN @ChrisCuomo"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2016 "@puttster71: @bobvanderplaats The...
  • Ted Cruz Waterloo Rally with Glenn Beck **LIVE THREAD** Jan 23 8PM EST

    01/23/2016 12:05:46 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 350 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1-23-16 | Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck
    From the Eventbrite website: Only a few days left until the caucuses! Let's get fired up! Join Glenn Beck, special guest Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Steve King, Bob Vander Plaats, and David Barton for this inspiring campaign rally! Doors open at 6:00 PM. This is a FREE event with limited space...Tickets are required for entry. WHEN Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST) - WHERE Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center - 205 W 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50701
  • Cruz for President Announces Bob Vander Plaats as National Co-Chair

    01/08/2016 8:04:47 AM PST · by Isara · 15 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 08, 2016
    HOUSTON, Texas - The Cruz for President campaign announced Bob Vander Plaats as National Co-Chair for Cruz. Vander Plaats, who previously endorsed Cruz last month, is the President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER and an influential conservative and evangelical leader. Vander Plaats has been with Cruz on the road in Iowa this week during the "Cruzin' for Caucus" Iowa bus tour, hitting 28 counties in six days."The courageous and fearless leader we need during these difficult times facing our nation is Ted Cruz," said Vander Plaats. "Our goal is to unite conservatives around a strong and consistent leader and...
  • Ted Cruz to Meet 300 Evangelical Leaders in Texas on Monday

    12/28/2015 8:04:39 AM PST · by Isara · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who is preparing to position himself as a viable alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump, will meet about 300 pastors and faith leaders Monday at a ranch owned by conservative billionaire Farris Wilks near Dallas.The meeting in Cisco, a tiny city about two hours west of Dallas, is being organized by Keep the Promise PAC, one of four main super PACs supporting Cruz, who is second to real estate magnate Trump nationally and is the frontrunner in the latest poll in Iowa, according to The Texas Tribune.The meeting is "designed as an open...
  • Republican Ted Cruz jumps seven points into second place: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    12/18/2015 7:33:08 PM PST · by Isara · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 18, 2015 | Megan Cassella
    Republican support for U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz rose this week as voters keyed in on the senator from Texas as the top alternative to Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday.Cruz had the support of 17 percent of likely Republican voters, behind Donald Trump, who remained the front runner with support of 31 percent of respondents in the five-day rolling poll.Last week, Cruz had the support of 10 percent of likely Republican voters and was relatively even with Ben Carson and Marco Rubio.Cruz has been gaining momentum nationally this month after polls showed him overtaking Trump in...
  • Big Endorsements Equal Great Expectations for Cruz in Iowa

    12/11/2015 10:55:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Iowa Republican ^ | December 11, 2015 | Craig Robinson
    Since the day he announced his candidacy, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been making the case that he's the conservative candidate who can win the Republican nomination. It doesn't matter if he is speaking to a group of homeschool kids and their parents, Cruz closes by telling his audience about how much money his campaign has raised and that he is positioned to win. Now as we enter the final phase of the 2016 caucus campaign, Cruz has a handful of prominent Iowa endorsements to go along with all of his campaign cash. The big three statewide Republican elected officials,...
  • Iowa’s Influential Bob Vander Plaats Endorses Cruz for President

    12/10/2015 11:13:38 AM PST · by Isara · 10 replies ^ | 12/10/15
    The President and CEO of the FAMiLY LEADER is joined by Robert Cramer and Chuck HurleyHOUSTON, Texas — Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of the FAMiLY LEADER, today announced his endorsement of Ted Cruz for President. The influential conservative leader, who has lent his support to the last two winners of the Iowa Caucus, is considered by many to be a key endorsement amongst Iowa Caucus goers, particularly with evangelicals and strong conservatives.Bob Vander Plaats Endorses Ted Cruz for President (Video)According to Vander Plaats, "Today is the culmination of a months long process that was deliberative, intensive, and covered...
  • Top Iowa Evangelical Leader Endorses Cruz

    12/10/2015 9:53:02 AM PST · by Isara · 20 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Dec. 9, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats on Thursday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, giving the Texas senator's campaign one of its biggest boosts yet in the first-in-the-country caucus state."At the end of the day, we truly believe that Ted Cruz is the most consistent and principled conservative who has the ability to not only win Iowa but I believe to win the [Republican] nomination," Vander Plaats told the Des Moines Register in an interview...
  • Iowa conservative kingmaker endorses Ted Cruz (Bob Vander Plaats)

    12/10/2015 9:35:35 AM PST · by Isara · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/10/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Bob Vander Plaats, the CEO of the social conservative group the Family Leader, endorsed Ted Cruz's presidential candidacy. A "kingmaker" of sorts in Iowa, Vander Plaats endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 and backed Rick Santorum in 2012. When the Washington Examiner spoke with Vander Plaats earlier this year, he said it would be easy for conservatives to divide their support among several quality candidates and he would wait until the Thanksgiving holiday to make a decision. On Thursday, Vander Plaats made clear he believes the best candidate is Cruz. Cruz has racked up endorsements from several influential conservatives in the...
  • Cruz wins key Iowa endorsement (Bob Vander Plaats)

    12/10/2015 9:28:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Influential Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats has endorsed Ted Cruz for president. Cruz is already surging in Iowa and of its first-in-the-nation presidential contest, and the key endorsement will add to perceptions that Cruz is in a strong position to win the state's presidential caucuses. The news comes just days after a Monmouth University poll showed Cruz edging out Donald Trump at the top of the Hawkeye State. A second poll from CNN showed Cruz in second place and trailing Trump. Vande Plaats announced his pick during a press conference Wednesday morning in Iowa. The evangelical leader has endorsed...
  • Cruz Makes An Outstanding First Impression in Iowa

    07/23/2013 12:48:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 22 2013 | Craig Robinson
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz might only be in the first year of his first term in U.S. Senate, but he is already igniting the imaginations of Iowa Republicans who view him as strong presidential candidate in 2016 should he choose to run. Cruz was in Des Moines on Friday to address the Iowa Renewal Project, an annual weekend gathering of Iowa pastors and religious leaders. Cruz also attended a picnic fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa, and met with Republican activists and operatives during his first foray into Iowa. Cruz downplayed the significance of his trip to Iowa in...
  • To Newt Gingrich haters (vanity)

    04/14/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 228 replies
    Vanity | April 13, 2012 | CutePuppy
    I think you are missing something here. Newt would bring the ever Lurking Calista with him and she was the cause of divorce # 2. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like him could get somebody like her. No matter how God awful she looked. He was delusional to think he could get the evangelicals with that approach. Newt is the one that shot himself in the foot not Hume. Hume is just another excuse for Newt in a long line of excuse's. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like...
  • "My Message to Rick Santorum" Bob Grant (RINO Blog)

    03/23/2012 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Politics4US · 52 replies · 3+ views
    Bob Grant Online ^ | March 23, 2012 | Bob Grant
    My Message to Rick Santorum March 23, 2012 Not too long ago, I had asked a woman from Pennsylvania what she thought about Rick Santorum. Knowing that she was as conservative and as Republican as I am, I was surprised at her response. She said, He is the worst. Those of us who know him best have nothing but contempt for him. He is not an honest person and certainly would not hesitate to stab a fellow politician in the back. That was a few weeks ago, but I have learned what a tawdry character Santorum is. He is a...
  • With Mitt in the lead, anti-Romney Republicans weigh their options

    02/04/2012 3:31:39 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 4, 2012 | Niall Stanage
    Those who continue to believe that Romney can be stopped are focused as is the campaign of Newt Gingrich on the possibility of a long delegate fight. They have largely given up hope of anyone winning a knockout victory over Romney, hoping instead that some other candidate can prevent the former Massachusetts governor from wrapping the race up before the Republican National Convention, which is set for Tampa, Fla., in late August. We have never gone through a delegate fight like this, said Bob Vander Plaats, an influential conservative and the head of the Iowa-based Family Leader organization....
  • US 2012: Romney 'Will not be Nominee'(Bob Vander Plaats switching to Newt?)

    01/23/2012 11:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The International Business Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | Tom Nicolson
    The president of the influential Christian organisation Family Leader has said Republican candidate Mitt Romney "will not be the eventual nominee" despite leading the polls for the nomination. Bob Vander Plaats told the International Business Times UK that 75-80 percent of Republicans across the US do not want Romney. "The only reason why he is ahead is because there hasn't been a real alternative," said Plaats. "But now it looks like Gingrich is going to be that person." Plaats, who initially endorsed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, carries significant political clout within the Republican Party. He said: "When I endorsed...
  • Gingrich's Secret Weapon: Newt Inc.

    01/25/2012 9:37:18 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 09, 2011 | Neil King Jr. and Patrick O'Connor
    In the 13 years since he suffered a string of political setbacks and quit the third most powerful job in Washington, Newt Gingrich has been busily laying the foundation for a comeback to an even grander perch. On any given day, the former Speaker of the House can be found on a chartered jet headed to Iowa to train future GOP candidates through his American Solutions group, or in Phoenix discussing ways to lower health-care costs with drug makers through his for-profit Center for Health Transformation. He might also be in Philadelphia, narrating a film produced by Gingrich Productions, or...
  • Gingrich Is Cozier With Iowa Evangelicals Than You May Think

    12/02/2011 11:09:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 11 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 12/02/11 | Jackie Koszczuk
    More conventional wisdom that needs dispelling this primary season: The adulterous and thrice-married Newt Gingrich will be unable to attract evangelical voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. While it's true that the former House speaker ultimately may fail to achieve the redemption he's seeking from Iowa evangelicals, it's also a fact that he has been quietly building bridges to that important segment of the caucus-going electorate for more than a year. And, he not only built the bridges, he paid for them. That could turn out to be Gingrich's greatest secret weapon against his rivals in the Republican caucus in...
  • Iowa conservative group Family Leader wont endorse Cain, Paul or Romney

    11/22/2011 11:40:03 AM PST · by marty60 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/22/2011 | By Perry Bacon Jr.
    A key Iowa social conservatives group announced Tuesday it will not endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or businessman Herman Cain, but is still evaluating if it would back one of the other candidates. The Family Leader, which hosted a forum that six Republican candidates attended last Saturday, said in a statement that its board had narrowed its choices of an endorsement to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-senator Rick Santorum (Penn). The statement said the group would not consider endorsing Romney, who the group criticized for skipping its event. The...
  • Who They Will Endorse and Will It Will Mean for the 2012 Iowa Caucus

    02/16/2011 9:37:15 AM PST · by bigred08 · 32 replies ^ | 2/16/2011 | Kevin Hall
    The pursuit of endorsements from Iowas key GOP politicians creates a new dynamic for presidential candidates. Unlike the 2008 Caucus, when Steve King was the only major elected office holder who offered an endorsement, Iowa has four top Republican officials who could play a key role in 2012. Last weeks news that Senator Charles Grassley plans to endorse a candidate as early as this summer has campaigns angling for his affection. The key to an impactful endorsement is whether or not it comes with the full political weight of the endorser. Will the endorsers staff, advisors, donors, and top volunteers...
  • Bob Vander Plaats' Move to Iowa Family Policy Center

    11/10/2010 3:15:49 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 4 replies
    Cafffeinated Thoughts ^ | 11/10/10 | Shane Vander Hart
    Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican broke the news about Bob Vander Plaats being hired by Iowa Family Policy Center to be their CEO. Even though IFPCs President, Chuck Hurley, is being coy with the news, Ive heard from my sources that this is indeed the case.... Thoughts? Good or bad move on the part of IFPC?
  • Vander Plaats Mulls Independent Bid After Being Rejected for Lt. Governor

    06/17/2010 6:47:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies · 548+ views
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 06/17/2010 | Craig Robinson
    After coming up 21,531 votes short of Terry Branstad on primary night, Bob Vander Plaats announced that he and Branstad had agreed to meet and talk about ways to unite Republicans after the primary. Sources close to Vander Plaats tell the meeting with Branstad occurred on Monday in Sioux City, and it did not go well. Apparently, Vander Plaats plan to unite the party wasnt based upon his executive order proposal, his stance on illegal immigration, or even his position on other social issues. Instead, sources close to Vander Plaats say it was based almost entirely on Branstad naming...
  • Conservatives unhappy with Sarah Palin endorsement of Terry Branstad

    06/03/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 291 replies · 2,980+ views
    Des Moines Register | 6/3/10 | Jeff Bruner
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  • Finally a GOP GOV Primary Poll (Iowa)

    06/01/2010 6:17:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 383+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 06/01/2010 | Todd Dorman
    North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling actually polled the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary. Yeah, the one next week. Branstad is up by 15 points, 46-31, over Vander Plaats, with Rod Roberts at 13 percent. The poll was of 474 likely GOP primary voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error. From PPP press release: ""In the Iowa Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Roxanne Conlin appears headed for a romp, while Terry Branstad is surprisingly under 50% in his bid for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination. Terry Branstad has just 46% to entrepreneur Bob Vander Plaats 31% and State Representative Rod Roberts 13%....
  • Two GOP gubernatorial candidates get tough on immigration

    04/30/2010 6:14:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 387+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES - Two Iowa Republicans running for governor staked out get-tough positions on illegal immigration Friday. In separate media interviews, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats and Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll, both said they - if either is elected governor next November -- would seek to more actively curb the presence of people illegally working, residing or receiving government benefits in Iowa without proper documentation given the failure of federal and Iowa officials to address the issue properly. Vander Plaats told a WHO radio audience he would propose legislation based on a new Arizona law that makes it a...
  • Gov. Culver loses another campaign manager

    04/12/2010 1:52:19 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies · 412+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 04/12/2010 | AP
    Another campaign manager for Gov. Chet Culver announced Monday she is quitting, leaving the Democrat's re-election effort to a veteran Iowa Democratic activist. Abby Curran said she would leave at the end of April, only four months after she was hired to manage Culver's campaign for a second term. Her departure continues a tumultuous period for Culver, who has gone through two campaign managers and two interim managers in the past year... She will be replaced by Donn Stanley, who has long worked for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The campaign upheaval comes at a time when polls show Culver's...
  • GOP candidates debate in Sioux City [IA governor]

    04/07/2010 11:39:23 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Radio Iowa ^ | April 7, 2010 | O. Kay Henderson
    During the first debate of the primary season, the three Republican candidates for governor offered opposing views of the kind of experience it will take to be the next governor. The three candidates gathered at KTIV studios in Sioux City for the hour-long debate. Former Governor Terry Branstad started by touting his own 16-year record as governor and questioning rival Bob Vander Plaats, who has never held elected office. Iowans want a leader not only that talks about things, but somebody that gets results, Branstad said in his opening statement. Results over rhetoric, thats what this is all about. Vander...
  • Testing Iowa's Rightward Tilt

    04/05/2010 7:55:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies · 519+ views
    National Journal ^ | 04/03/2010 | James A. Barnes
    No longer the darling of the Right, Terry Branstad is vying for a fifth term as governor. As he mounts a comeback bid for a fifth term as governor, Iowa Republican Terry Branstad, once the golden boy of Hawkeye conservatives, finds himself under attack from an unusual direction, the right. His fight for the GOP nomination has plenty of echoes from his party's 2008 presidential caucuses, and the outcome could signal what sort of Republican presidential candidates will get the warmest receptions in Iowa during the 2012 campaign. With his conservative credentials intact, Branstad, who was governor from 1983 to...
  • [Rasmussen] Survey: Branstad maintains 16-point lead on Culver

    03/24/2010 7:44:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies · 533+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | Mar 24, 2010 | James Q. Lynch
    Former Gov. Terry Branstad is maintaining a double-digit lead over incumbent Gov. Chet Culver, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey. Rasmussens telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Branstad leading Culver by 16 points, 52 percent to 36 percent. Six percent prefer some other candidate, and 6 percent are undecided. Branstad, a Republican who served as governor from 1983 to 1999, held virtually identical leads over the Democratic incumbent a month ago and in the first survey of the race last September. Rasmussen found Culver is doing better against another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Bob Vander Plaats, a...
  • Same-sex marriage debate visits [Iowa] Capitol

    01/13/2010 3:27:55 PM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies · 333+ views
    The Hawk Eye ^ | 01/13/2010 | MIKE GLOVER
    Activists visit lawmakers as new session gears up. DES MOINES -- Hundreds of activists headed to the Capitol on Tuesday to push their views on Iowa's same-sex marriage law despite Democratic legislative leaders' insistence there wasn't time to take up the issue during a session largely devoted to the budget. Although the issue likely will be pushed aside as lawmakers focus on a large budget shortfall... Opponents of the ruling -- many wearing red -- jammed the House chambers during Culver's speech... As Culver left the chamber after his speech, some in the Rotunda chanted, "let us vote," Opponents later...
  • 2010 Iowa: Ex-Governor Branstad Has Big Lead Over Incumbent Governor Culver

    09/24/2009 6:34:37 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 930+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/24/2009
    he nations economy has taken its toll on incumbent governors across the country, and Iowa Governor Chet Culver is no exception. Add to that the difficult political environment for Democrats at the moment, and Culvers potential vulnerability becomes clear. The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Iowa governors race shows Culver trailing badly in a match-up with one of his predecessors and running even with a lesser-known challenger. Terry Branstad, now president of Des Moines University, leads Culver 54% to 34%. Branstad, a Republican, was the youngest governor in Iowa history and served longer than anybody else,...
  • Huckabee Iowa Manager: War on Terror a Theological War

    12/19/2007 4:12:21 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 68 replies · 148+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Huckabee Iowa Manager: 'We're Fighting a Radical Religion in Islam' By Mark Finkelstein | December 19, 2007 - 18:57 ET Mike Huckabee might want to "revise and extend" the remarks of his Iowa campaign manager. Appearing on this evening's Tucker on MSNBC, Bob Vander Plaats stated that "we're fighting a radical religion in Islam" and that "the war on terror is a theological war." View video here.