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  • Senator Ted Cruz Religious Rally in Iowa Live at 6:30 EDT [Aug 21, 2015]

    08/21/2015 2:56:52 PM PDT · by Isara · 100 replies
    C-Span ^ | Friday, Aug 21, 2015
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a candidate for 2016 Republican presidential nomination, hosts a “Rally for Religious Liberty” at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Airing LIVE Friday, Aug 21 6:30pm EDT on C-SPAN.org Watch it Live!
  • One of Iowa’s Most Prominent Conservative Radio Hosts Just Endorsed Ted Cruz for President

    08/19/2015 1:24:00 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    .ijreview.com ^ | 8/19/15 | Joe Perticone
    Senator Ted Cruz just picked up a huge endorsement in Iowa. Iowa-based talk radio host Steve Deace, who has been a fixture for conservatives in the Hawkeye State, spoke highly of Cruz’s record and his belief that only the Texan can clean up Washington. In an advance statement provided to IJReview, Deace said: “Ted Cruz presents exactly what we’ve been waiting for, an end to the Washington Cartel’s false choice between our principles and electability. No one can question Ted’s courage of conviction and his commitment to our principles.” Deace insisted that Cruz has the chops “to actually defeat the...
  • Iowa Talk Radio Host Steve Deace Endorses Ted Cruz

    08/19/2015 4:00:48 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Iowa based conservative talk radio host Steve Deace announced on his radio program today that he is endorsing Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96% for the Republican Presidential nomination. “He’s what we’ve been waiting for: an end to the false choice between our principles and electability,” Deace said of Cruz in his endorsement. He has proven courage of conviction, a commitment to our principles, but he’s also raised the resources and put the sort of national campaign together on the ground that it takes to actually defeat the GOP establishment for the nomination. He is ready to run a national...
  • Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Endorses Cruz

    08/19/2015 5:27:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 08/19/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – Today, Iowa-based syndicated radio host and outspoken conservative activist Steve Deace endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for President. Deace, who broadcasts from Des Moines, Iowa, and appears on more than 50 stations nationwide, said Cruz is the conservative leader who can win a national campaign.Steve Deace Announces He's Supporting Ted Cruz (Audio)“He’s what we’ve been waiting for: an end to the false choice between our principles and electability,” said Deace. “He has proven courage of conviction, a commitment to our principles, but he’s also raised the resources and put the sort of national campaign together on...
  • Ted Cruz wins endorsement of Iowa radio host Steve Deace

    08/19/2015 7:18:43 PM PDT · by Isara · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/19/15 | Katie Glueck
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who is influential in the state’s conservative circles, is slated to endorse Ted Cruz on his show on Wednesday. In a statement share with POLITICO and echoed on his show, Deace said that Cruz has demonstrated he can win the nomination through his fundraising haul and his campaign infrastructure, while remaining true to conservative values. “Ted Cruz presents exactly what we’ve been waiting for, an end to the Washington Cartel’s false choice between our principles and electability,” the statement read. “No one can question Ted’s courage of conviction and his commitment to our principles. But...
  • Top Iowa radio talker endorses Ted Cruz

    08/19/2015 7:35:04 PM PDT · by Isara · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed August 19, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    <p>From left, U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Cruz listen as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in January 2014.</p> <p>Top Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace has endorsed Ted Cruz for president, a possible boon to the Texas senator's Iowa fortunes.</p>
  • Trump Force One lands at the Iowa State Fair

    08/15/2015 8:10:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/15 4:47 PM EDT | ELI STOKOLS
    Donald Trump vowed to spend as much as $1 billion to defeat Hillary Clinton as he brought his unique brand of pandemonium to Des Moines. For the 45 minutes it took him to walk from Gate 8 to the Iowa Pork Tent, onlookers stood agape, corndogs in one hand and smartphones in the other, shouting, pleading for a handshake, taking it in. “We love you Donald.” “Give ‘em hell!” “Kick Hillary’s ass!” He’d landed several blocks away in a $7 million helicopter bearing his name. As he braved the sizzling midday heat, walking along in a navy blazer, khakis and...
  • Trump gives kids helicopter rides at Iowa State Fair

    08/15/2015 8:29:25 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 15 2015 | The Hill
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump offered kids helicopter rides in a show of wealth as he bragged Saturday that he is willing to spend $1 billion on his presidential campaign. "I'm turning down so much money," Trump said at a press conference kicking off his weekend trip to Iowa to visit the State Fair, with his black helicopter emblazoned with "Trump" and children standing in the background. Trump touted turning down a $5 million donation offer this week before saying he would spend $1 billion on his 2016 Republican presidential bid "if I had to." "Nobody else would do the job...
  • An Iowa surprise: Donald Trump is actually trying to win

    08/13/2015 3:20:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 13,2014 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa. And when the hulking vehicle with thick white block letters that spell T-R-U-M-P pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Dodge this week, people flocked to it. It didn’t matter that Donald Trump wasn’t inside. The bus alone — with the “Make America Great Again” slogan extending across its sides — created an irresistible oasis of celebrity politics amid a desert of minivans...
  • CNN / ORC Poll: Trump tops in Iowa as Scott Walker drops

    08/12/2015 2:19:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump has a significant lead in the race to win over likely Iowa caucus-goers, according to the first CNN/ORC poll in the state this cycle. Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He's most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington. READ THE POLL RESULTS Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson follows Trump in overall preference with 14%,...
  • Clinton to begin TV advertising in Iowa

    08/02/2015 8:45:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 8/2/2015 | James Q. Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Hillary Clinton will begin airing the first two ads of her campaign Tuesday to highlight her commitment to fighting for families.The 60-second ads “Dorothy” and “Family Strong,” which will air in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines media markets — in addition to New Hampshire — are in keeping with the theme of the former Secretary of State’s speech in June about her commitment to public service and how her mother overcome her abandonment as a child due, in part, to the kindness of others.“We’re going to make sure everyone knows who Hillary Clinton really is —...
  • Scott Walker Compares Donald Trump to Democrats as Trump Blows Past Him in Iowa Polls

    08/02/2015 6:16:21 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sank to a new low in his effort to fight with real estate mogul billionaire Donald Trump during an interview with Politico’s chief White House correspondent, Mike Allen, at a Koch Brothers-sponsored event in California this weekend. In the interview, Walker accused Trump of acting like a Democrat. ... ”On McCain, Walker said ‘no matter what you think of John McCain’s politics, John McCain is an American hero,’” Strauss continued. “And then, on fire directed at him from Trump, Walker said that the real estate mogul went after him ‘because of something not me or my...
  • Donald Trump Becomes The Face Of The GOP As He Surges To Huge Lead In Iowa

    08/01/2015 12:38:34 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 97 replies
    Politics USA ^ | Saturday, August, 1st, 2015, 3:29 pm | By: Keith Brekhus
    A Gravis Marketing poll released on July 31st confirms that Donald Trump has become the face of the Republican Party. Sure, party insiders and pundits are still trying to distance themselves from Trump’s toxic rhetoric, but much to their chagrin, Republican voters are embracing Trump’s politics of derision and division. The Gravis Marketing poll found Trump surging to a huge lead in Iowa. Trump polled at 31 percent in the GOP field, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 15 percent, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 10 percent. Several other Republican candidates were mired in the single digits....
  • Iowa conservatives see plenty to like in Scott Walker

    07/24/2015 7:07:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    apg-wi ^ | July 24, 2015 | Shawn Johnson | Wisconsin Public Radio
    Iowa Republicans are getting to know Gov. Scott Walker, and based on early polls, it appears that they like him. Many voters there appear enthralled with the story of Walker, the conservative folk hero, and seem prepared to overlook potential shortcomings. While it's unclear precisely what caused Walker to surge in the Iowa polls earlier this year and then stay there, the people who turned out to his rallies last weekend suggested that the image the governor's going for in this race is sinking in. At a Harley Davidson dealership in Carroll, Iowa, James Hedeen said he started paying attention...
  • Donald Trump's Appearance at Family Leadership Summit (FULL Video)

    07/18/2015 11:07:26 AM PDT · by JoeSeales · 60 replies
    Family Leadership Summit ^ | 7-18-15 | Family Leadership Summit
    2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump spoke at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa and got a standing ovation from the crowd. Trump made a number of statements deemed 'controversial' by many of the other GOP candidates, including saying that John McCain was only a war hero 'because he was captured.'
  • Bobby Jindal's campaign gains ground in Iowa

    07/23/2015 1:58:41 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Washington: Indian-American Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign seems to be gaining ground in the crucial primary state of Iowa, as a latest internal survey has put the Louisiana governor to fourth place among 16 Republican aspirants. Photo - Bobby Jindal draws 8% support from likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, according to a survey conducted this week. 44-year-old Jindal draws eight per cent support from likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, according to a survey conducted this week by his campaign, "Politico" reported. However, he still trails Scott Walker, who has a commanding lead with 23 per cent support in the poll, as...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Trump score big at Family Leader GOP presidential candidate event

    07/19/2015 12:03:21 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 17 replies
    thegazette.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Erin Murphy
    AMES — Each of the 10 Republican presidential candidates who spoke Saturday to thousands at a gathering organized by Iowa’s largest Christian conservative organization had their moments, but a few of the White House hopefuls were particularly well-received. Donald Trump — who made some particularly provoking comments, although not all in a positive sense — Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal received some of the most vociferous responses during the fourth annual Family Leader Summit, held Saturday in an auditorium on the Iowa State University campus. Of the roughly 3,000 people who registered for the event, approximately 2,500 attended, organizers estimated....
  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee at the Family Leadership Summit

    07/19/2015 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 65 replies
    c-span ^ | July 18, 2015 | Former Governor Mike Huckabee
    Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, was interviewed about campaign issues, including their relationship to his faith, and responded to questions from members of the audience.
  • Cruz, Jindal, Trump score big at Christian conservative event

    07/18/2015 5:58:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Mason City Globe Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Erin Murphy, Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau
    AMES - Moments before she would hear 10 Republican presidential candidates speak, a woman from Ames said she would like to see 16 years of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the White House starting in 2017. Judging by the response from the thousands who attended Saturday’s event, which was organized by Iowa’s largest Christian conservative organization, that woman is not alone. Trump — who made some particularly provoking comments — Cruz and Bobby Jindal received some of the most vociferous responses during the fourth annual Family Leader Summit, held Saturday in an auditorium on the Iowa State University campus....
  • Ted Cruz Encourages Americans To #BelieveAgain In Iowa

    07/04/2015 5:16:53 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 07/04/2015
    Ted Cruz: CRUZ: This July 4th, Americans Want to Believe Again 07/04/15HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in observance of Independence Day:“If you are like me and pay attention to the news every day, you can easily be overwhelmed by all the simultaneous events that seem to indicate an impending American decline. But I don’t believe that. Everywhere I go, I see it in their faces and hear it in their voices. Americans want to believe again.“On this July 4th, I want to share with you my hope for America.“In the summer of 1776,...
  • Sanders draws more than 2,500 to Iowa stop — tops for this presidential cycle so far

    07/04/2015 8:51:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | John Wagner
    Another day on the presidential campaign trail, another crowd of eye-popping size for Bernie Sanders. The independent senator from Vermont attracted more than 2,500 people to a convention center here on Friday night as part of his continued quest to lead a "political revolution" and win the Democratic nomination in a field that also includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere

    07/02/2015 10:24:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin spent months persuading influential Republicans that he alone had the impressive conservative achievements and mainstream American appeal needed to not only win the party’s nomination but also recapture the White House. Breakout performances on the stump in Iowa early this year vaulted Mr. Walker, who is expected to officially enter the presidential race this month, into the lead in polls in the state with the nation’s first nominating contest, and cemented him among the top three Republican contenders in most national surveys. But the expectations created by that early prominence, as well as a growing...
  • Iowa poll: Trump takes second place behind Gov. Walker

    07/01/2015 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    CBS 58 ^ | July 1, 2015 | Dana Bishop
    CNN - Whatever New Hampshire saw in Donald Trump, it looks like Iowa is seeing it too. After taking second place in the latest New Hampshire polls, Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign...
  • Walker Continues Lead in Iowa Caucus Poll, Rand Paul Slides

    06/19/2015 12:10:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    Scott Walker continues to lead the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus participants released on Thursday. The poll, commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, also found a 5-point drop in support for Sen. Rand Paul compared to a similar survey by the Des Moines Register late last month. Walker received 19 percent in the poll, followed by Ben Carson at 13 percent and Jeb Bush at 11 percent. Marco Rubio received 9 percent, followed by Rick Perry at 7 percent, Ted Cruz at 6 percent and Rand Paul at...
  • Jeb Bush Pushes Immigration Reform in Iowa: “I Want to Win!”

    06/18/2015 8:23:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 17, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    eb Bush capped his first official campaign swing through Iowa with an impassioned plea for comprehensive immigration reform, saying it will help the United States compete globally—and help Republicans defeat Democrats at the ballot box. It folded neatly into Bush's broader message framed implicitly by his argument for electability—that he, more than any other Republican candidate, has a proven record of passing conservative policy and winning large numbers of swing voters in a purple state.
  • One Voter Awaited Rick Santorum at Small-Town Iowa Stop

    06/09/2015 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Coronal · 68 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 | Loren Gutentag
    Just one voter showed up to Rick Santorum's campaign stop at a restaurant in Hamlin, Iowa, on Monday, according to Politico. With a population of 300, Hamlin eventually saw four Iowans assembled around the 2016 Republican hopeful's table where they munched on breaded tenderloin and a side of onion rings, Politico reported. Santorum told The Des Moines Register he wasn't surprised by the low turnout — it was all part of the plan.
  • Senator Joni Ernst's First Annual Roast and Ride [Live video]

    06/06/2015 11:07:13 AM PDT · by jjotto · 4 replies
    C-span ^ | June 6, 2015 | uncredited
    Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina spoke at Senator Joni Ernst’s first annual Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa.
  • Scott Walker gets a Harley edge during Saturday Iowa event

    06/06/2015 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 6, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Boone, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hopped on a Harley Saturday to raise his profile in this early presidential nominating state.A half dozen other presidential candidates were on hand, but Walker was the only one to participate in the ride with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and 300 other bikers. The 39-mile ride honoring veterans wove from the Big Barn Harley-Davidson dealer in Des Moines to the Boone County exposition grounds that will host the Iowa Straw Poll in August....Walker regularly promotes the motorcycle company headquartered in Menomonee Falls and owns a 2003 Road King that his wife Tonette...
  • GOP hopefuls skip IA pig-roast/cycle-ride leave Harley enthusiasts Walker & Perry to impress on hogs

    06/06/2015 3:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    the London Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Des Moines
    * Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and co. are taking off from a Harley-Davidson dealership this morning in Des Moines for a 39 mile ride to Boone * Ride honoring the nation's veterans attracted only one candidate for the White House: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker * Perry will also ride with a group of veterans to Ernst's first annual 'Roast and Ride' but he's starting in Perry, Iowa * Will keep the spotlight on Perry, who is making the journey with Taya Kyle, wife of 'American Sniper,' and Marcus Luttrell, the 'Lone Survivor' * A half a dozen current and presumed...
  • Walker maintains seven-point lead in Iowa

    05/30/2015 5:34:24 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/30/2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t let up in Iowa, a new poll from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg shows. Walker gets the support of 17 percent in the crowded Republican field. Following him are Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with 10 percent each. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are next at 9 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa caucuses, come in at 6 percent each. Outspoken Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remains at five percent, the same level as in January.
  • Poll: Scott Walker holds seven-point advantage over GOP presidential rivals among voters in Iowa

    05/31/2015 12:38:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Fox News Now - 6 ^ | May 30, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds a 7-point advantage among Iowan voters over the rest of the crowded Republican field in the scramble for the party’s 2016 nomination for president, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll finds. The poll, released late Saturday afternoon, shows Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top five in the state, which, as the first-in-the-nation caucus, is a critical battleground for presidential hopefuls. Walker captured 17% of the vote among likely GOP caucus-goers. He first gained...
  • Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma

    05/17/2015 3:44:14 PM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/17/2015 | Jennifer Shutt
    There’s a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now. When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off the state GOP’s famed August straw poll, he left the future of the event to Scott Walker. Since all of the top tier presidential prospects are waiting to see who will compete before they commit to the straw poll this year, if the Wisconsin governor — and current Iowa front-runner — declines to participate, there’s a good chance Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and other candidates will follow suit. Walker, who’s publicly non-committal, leads in recent Iowa polls, may...
  • Republicans to swarm Iowa this weekend

    05/15/2015 8:25:30 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rebecca Morin
    Eleven announced and presumptive presidential candidates will crowd a room in hopes to not only get to know Iowans but to get close to state GOP leaders who can benefit them leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner will be held on Saturday at the Iowa Events Center, 833 Fifth Ave., in Des Moines. Though this isn’t the first event to bring together GOP hopefuls, it is one that doesn’t create a specific dialogue, such as the Faith and Freedom Summit or the Iowa Agriculture Summit had. Cary Covington, an associate professor...
  • Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say (Not Just Straw Poll)

    05/14/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Jeb Bush’s decision to forego this summer’s Iowa Straw Poll has roiled many conservatives in the state, but that snub might only be the beginning: According to three sources with knowledge of Bush’s campaign strategy, the likely Republican presidential candidate does not plan to seriously contest the first-in-the-nation caucuses — and may ultimately skip the state altogether. Tim Miller, a spokesman for Bush, strongly denied that the candidate planned to write off Iowa, and suggested those who say otherwise are merely speculating. “There is nobody with any shred of authority or proximity to Gov. Bush suggesting that, should he decide...
  • It’s Time to Change the Iowa Straw Poll

    05/07/2015 3:28:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 07, 2015 | JEFF KAUFMANN
    In 1979 the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of Great Britain, and former ambassador to the United Nations George H.W. Bush won the first ever Iowa Straw Poll. Much has changed since 1979 and sometimes cherished traditions—like the Iowa GOP Straw Poll—must change too. What is supposed to be a fun opportunity for Iowans and presidential candidates has turned into a high-stress and expensive endeavor. Some candidates have expressed concerns about the cost, and Iowans have said they’d like to see the Straw Poll get back to its roots. We’ve been listening to...
  • Zogby: Iowa Winner Isn't Accurate Predictor of GOP Nominee

    04/27/2015 6:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015 | Melissa Clyne
    The plentiful field of Republican presidential hopefuls may be both a blessing and a curse, according to conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who appeared Monday on "America’s Forum" with pollster John Zogby to discuss the weekend’s Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa and the importance of a candidate doing well in the Hawkeye State. "The good news is a great field and a lot of full-spectrum conservatives," said Vander Plaats on Newsmax TV. "The bad news is it's a great field, which means it's going to divide our vote. If we have that kind of splintering, can we really unite...
  • Iowa evangelicals thrilled with 2016 GOP field

    04/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    For Christian evangelical voters in Iowa this election cycle is an embarrassment of riches. They're having a hard time picking a candidate because, for the first time many can remember, they have several options to choose from. Nine Republican presidential hopefuls spoke Saturday at an event hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a successor to the the now-defunct Christian Coalition. They hoped to win over supporters for the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary. The Iowans could not agree on who did best. "I'd like to elect all of them," said Doug Brown,...
  • Scott Walker Runs on Faith as Iowa Nears

    04/25/2015 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "...Meadowbrook did not escape the political convulsions touched off during Mr. Walker’s first term as governor. In a speech to the congregation during its annual meeting in 2013, Mr. Mackett pleaded for an end to the “turmoil” caused by “slander” and “name calling” among members divided by politics.He declined to elaborate in an interview. But Lee Heyward, who succeeded Mr. Mackett as head pastor, said,“John and Meadowbrook were going through a really tumultuous time during that whole season of Act 10,” referring to the law Mr. Walker signed in 2011 that stripped Wisconsin’s public employees of most bargaining rights.The church...
  • In a swing across Iowa, Ted Cruz packs in the crowds with a conservative call

    04/04/2015 12:39:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 71 replies
    Wash. Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz, pacing as he always does when making a stump speech, looked out on a room packed with people and made note of the furniture. “The reason I’m optimistic is because we ran out of chairs,” Cruz (R-Tex.) said to the crowd at the Longbranch Hotel, some in straight-backed chairs, others massed in the back. It’s a line Cruz would use more than once on his first trip to Iowa as a declared presidential candidate, underscoring his status as an emerging top-tier contender in the crowded 2016 race. On a two-day, five-stop swing that took him from Sioux...
  • Ted Cruz Holding Town Hall Meeting in Des Moines (Tonight, 4/2/15 at 7:15 PM)

    04/02/2015 11:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa — The first person to declare they are running for president will be in the metro Thursday night. Republican Senator Ted Cruz is in Iowa meeting with voters just one week after he announced his candidacy for president. Cruz made his first public appearance in the state that holds the first in the nation caucuses Wednesday in Sioux City. Cruz told the crowd at Morningside College that in order to have a bright future, the country has to look to the principles of the past. He talked about restoring free enterprise, tax reform, and regulatory reform. To...
  • Saw Cruz speak today

    04/02/2015 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QualityMan · 34 replies
    Had the opportunity to hear Ted Cruz speak today in Cedar Falls, IA. He was accompanied by Rod Blum, our newly elected representative. Event was well-attended. Cruz was articulate, positive, and laid out his message and vision with passion and grace. It was like a ray of light in the murk of the obamanation we have endured for the last 6 years. I am on board.
  • Scott Walker buckles amidst the corn cronies

    03/10/2015 1:32:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 10, 2015 | 2:50 pm | Timothy P. Carney
    Iowa does not form a candidate's character as much as it reveals it. So far, this sunlight is not flattering for Scott Walker.Walker, the second-term governor of Wisconsin, joined the parade of GOP presidential hopefuls last weekend at the Iowa Ag Summit, where ethanol mogul and GOP moneyman Bruce Rastetter asked candidates to pledge allegiance to the ethanol mandate and the wind tax credit.The ethanol mandate is among the least defensible corporate-welfare boondoggles Washington has created (the sugar program, and the Export-Import Bank round out the unholy trinity). It forces drivers to put corn alcohol in their cars by forcing...
  • Jeb Bush to Visit an Iowa Where Fatigue With His Family Has Set In

    03/05/2015 9:54:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mach 5, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Sheryl McDonald, a retiree, voted for both Presidents Bush. “But I’m finding out they did some things we got stuck with,” she said. “I do not want to see Jeb Bush run,” she added. “He turns me off.” Scarcely anyone at a meeting of the Green County Republican Party here in central Iowa recently had anything kind to say about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor. They objected to his moderate stances on immigration and education standards. But they also complained matter-of-factly about fatigue with his family — especially after the presidency of George W. Bush, whom they blamed for...
  • There is one way to describe Rand Paul's latest trip to Iowa: Perfect

    02/12/2015 1:54:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/12/2015 | Craig Robinson
    e is what you need to remember – Rand Paul is never going to get Andy Cable’s, Don Kass’, or Doug Gross’s vote. Spiker is tasked with organizing the people who he has a good rapport with. This is nothing new to politics. Campaigns of every shape and size target certain coalitions of voters, and Spiker is tasked to work with the libertarian leaning voters. Besides all of that, Spiker proved that he was one of the better organizers in Iowa in 2012. People tend to overlook the fact that his candidate received more votes at the Ames Straw Poll...
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...
  • Can Christie get right with the right? Iowa summit offers a test

    01/23/2015 7:45:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2015 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    DES MOINES, Iowa - For months, the 2016 Republican presidential race has been dominated by the "invisible primary" scramble for the backing of the party's donor class. On Saturday, it goes grassroots. At least eight likely candidates will give their pitches to 1,500 conservative activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, trying to seduce the people who pack a punch in the GOP caucuses, where the first votes of the party's nominating process are scheduled to be cast in a little over a year. "This is the kickoff to the caucus season," said Cody Hoefert, the Rock City...
  • High Stakes for Presidential hopefuls at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/23/2015 6:16:54 PM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/22/2015 | Kevin Hall
    This weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit is the first multi-candidate event of the 2016 Iowa Caucus cycle. Several presidential hopefuls will take the stage during the daylong forum. Each is given 20 minutes to address the crowd. There is a lot at stake for those hoping to woo likely Iowa Caucusgoers. The candidates who receive the biggest boost on Saturday will likely be the ones who fire up the crowd of Iowa conservatives the most. A sold out crowd of 1,000 or so likely caucusgoers and 150 members of the media from all the country will attend the summit. This event...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Great news: Even beyond Iowa, early GOP primary calendar favors Huckabee

    01/06/2015 6:39:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 6, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I enjoy a good “maybe Huckabee’s going to be president” story the way I enjoy a good campfire ghost story. They’re BS, we all know they’re BS, but there’s nothing more satisfying than watching the terror build in your audience as you tell it. They’re even better than “Romney’s 2016!” stories. Well done, Scott Conroy. This one’s the political equivalent of “The Golden Arm.” [T]here is little doubt that a substantial segment of the South Carolina Republican electorate remains culturally and ideologically aligned with Huckabee—giving him a distinct chance of success in a state where he retains a wide swath...
  • Iowa and New Hampshire Have Already Seen Cash From 2016 Contenders (Hillary, Cruz, Paul & Perry)

    01/06/2015 6:46:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | January 6, 2015 | Derek Willis
    The next two years are a good time to be a local candidate or party organization in Iowa and New Hampshire. The political action committees supporting Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have already started doling out cash to the campaigns of potential supporters in the states with the earliest presidential contests of 2016. Leadership PACs — like the one Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, will be forming soon — provide a natural vehicle for sending campaign money to state and local candidates and committees in key early presidential states. Several potential presidential candidates, through their...