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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...
  • Records Confirm: Trump Lied about $100K Speaking Fee in Iowa

    01/28/2016 5:25:30 PM PST · by Isara · 95 replies
    Red State ^ | January 26th, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    The latest person to find themselves in the crosshairs of Donald Trump’s twitter act is prominent Iowa evangelical Bob Vander Plaats. The specific accusation that Trump leveled against Vander Plaats is that Vander Plaats asked for $100K to arrange for Trump to come speak at an Iowa event that he, generously, was willing to do. Vander Plaats’ response was that it was Trump, in fact, who was paid the massive speaking fee, and that he (Vander Plaats) got nothing.As you find more often than not when Trump calls someone else a liar, the facts demonstrate that in fact it is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ICYMI: Has Marco Rubio Lost Conservatives By Falsely Attacking Cruz?

    12/18/2015 8:29:49 PM PST · by Isara · 55 replies ^ | 12/18/15
    Influential Conservatives Rallying to Defend CruzHOUSTON, Texas - Today, the New York Times reported that Senator Marco Rubio's false attacks on Ted Cruz's immigration record are beginning to backfire as "influential conservatives are now rallying to Mr. Cruz's side and denouncing Mr. Rubio."New York Times Highlights Conservative Ire Over Rubio Attacks "Senator Marco Rubio made a big bet on an immigration overhaul that failed - and he has been running away from it since. Now his past is catching up with him, stoking old grievances from conservative rivals who are reopening one of the most vulnerable episodes in his past."The...
  • 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,...
  • Cruz emerges as Iowa's new favorite

    12/10/2015 7:20:04 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Texas senator's campaign is beginning to see returns after months of methodically courting evangelical leaders.Ted Cruz increasingly looks like the man to beat in Iowa. He's rising in the polls, building on an already extensive field organization and locking down critical conservative endorsements.Among the biggest yet came Thursday, when Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the conservative group Family Leader, came out for Cruz, citing what he sees as electability in Iowa and nationally. "This is a guy that's been very consistent in principles, in communications, and his campaign has shown ability to slowly gain ground and build momentum,...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz bashes ‘Obama-Clinton foreign policy’ at GOP evangelical forum

    11/21/2015 7:25:12 AM PST · by Isara · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Friday that “Obama-Clinton foreign policy” is to blame for growing threat of Islamic terrorism at a gathering of social conservatives in Iowa.Hosted by the Family Leader Christian advocacy group, the forum provided seven of the remaining GOP presidential candidates a platform to speak to evangelical and born-again Christian activists that can make or break a campaign. And it was much different in nature from the first four GOP debates.Candidates sat side-by-side at a “Thanksgiving table.” Instead of attacking each other, they trained fire at Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton - in particular, over The...
  • Iowa Rep. Steve King endorses Ted Cruz:

    11/16/2015 5:43:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | November 16, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    This makes two major endorsements for Cruz in Iowa, the first being talk-radio host Steve Deace back in August. Probably the biggest among Iowa social cons is Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Family Leader, which is hosting its presidential forum this Friday. Vander Plaats endorsed Huckabee in 2008 and Huckabee won the caucuses; he endorsed Santorum in 2012 and Santorum won that year. (King, by contrast, endorsed Fred Thompson in 2008 and made no endorsement in 2012.) Vander Plaats, discussing the Christian conservative vote, also told NRO last month, “Our destruction in the past has been division we divide...
  • With Santorum Out, Evangelicals Edge Toward Romney, but Cautiously

    04/11/2012 1:09:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2012 | Erik Eckholm
    Rick Santorum had been the last best hope of Christian conservatives who opposed Mitt Romney, derided by many as a Massachusetts moderate. Now, facing the abrupt end of Mr. Santorums presidential bid, some evangelical leaders have begun to rally behind Mr. Romney, saying their shared hostility toward President Obama will be a powerful force for uniting the party in November. In one sign of coalescing support from Christian conservatives, the National Organization for Marriage, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage, endorsed Mr. Romney on Wednesday morning. The group called Mr. Romney a true champion and said that President Obama has...
  • Santorum: I left GOP race because money dried up

    04/12/2012 7:46:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | 4-12-12 | Rebecca Kaplan
    When Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid on Tuesday, he spoke about the illness of his three-year-old daughter, Bella, and expressed a desire to spend more time with her as a parent. But on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the decision largely came down instead to a simple reality: He was out of cold, hard cash. After losing Wisconsin's April 3 primary to rival Mitt Romney by seven points - a contest, Santorum said, that his campaign viewed as necessary to win in order to do well in his home state of Pennsylvania - his fundraising dried up. "For...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...