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  • 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 Air.com ^ | 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...
  • Did Vander Plaats Ask Santorum for Money in Exchange for Iowa Endorsement?

    12/23/2011 8:18:00 AM PST · by TBBT · 38 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | 12/23/2011 | MAGGIE ASTOR:
    Three days after Bob Vander Plaats endorsed Rick Santorum for president, the evangelical leader has become mired in charges that he illegally solicited money from Santorum's campaign to "promote the endorsement." Santorum told CNN that before Vander Plaats -- the president of The Family Leader, an influential Christian conservative group in Iowa -- announced his endorsement on Tuesday, he called Santorum and said that he "needed money to promote the endorsement, and that [it] would be important to do that." Santorum emphasized that Vander Plaats did not request money specifically from Santorum's campaign -- "There was never a direct ask...
  • 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...
  • Cain slammed by influential group of Iowa conservatives

    11/22/2011 2:35:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11-22-2011 | Cameron Joseph
    Cain slammed by influential group of Iowa conservatives Cameron Joseph November 22, 2011 A top organization of Iowa social conservatives slammed Herman Cain as it narrowed its list for a possible presidential endorsement list. Cain and Ron Paul were dropped from The Family Leader's consideration, leaving Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann as the possible winners. Mitt Romney did not seek the group's endorsement. Headed by the influential activist Bob Vander Plaats, the group criticized Cain, saying he lacked "clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness" a major diss to...
  • Say it ain't so Joe...or Chuck, Stickpins to the eye and Sith Happens

    03/13/2011 8:44:02 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 6 replies
    TheIowaRepublican.com ^ | 3/13/11 | Kevin Hall
    Id never heard a Minnesotan say aint before last Monday. I grew up in North Carolina. Aint is part of the vernacular there. In Iowa and Minnesota, not so much. If you aint from there, you aint allowed to use it How bad was T-Paws faux pas Monday, calling Steve Scheffler Chuck three different times in a 10 minute speech? On the bright side, Scheffler has been called much worse than Chuck lately. On the other hand, if youre trying to win the Iowa Caucus, STEVE Scheffler is a name you should know By the way, they dont say faux...
  • Pawlenty impresses Iowans on substance; Group backtracks on Huckabee commitment

    02/08/2011 9:14:25 AM PST · by bigred08 · 84 replies
    TheIowaRepublican.com ^ | 2/8/2012 | Kevin Hall
    Tim Pawlenty said all the right things during the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series event sponsored by The FAMiLY Leader. A crowd of 150 attendees, plus a dozen media members, gathered at Pella Christian High School early Monday afternoon to listen to the former Minnesota governor. The crowd liked what they heard, but was not blown away by Pawlentys delivery. If elections were won only on substance, Pawlenty would stand a strong chance in the 2012 Iowa Caucus. However, style matters too. Oratorical skills propelled Barack Obama to the White House in 2008. Pawlenty will need to become a more passionate...
  • Huckabee's allies already running his Iowa Caucus campaign for him

    01/25/2011 10:45:24 AM PST · by bigred08 · 49 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/25/11 | Kevin Hall
    If Mike Huckabee runs for President, he is obviously the odds-on favorite to earn The Family Leaders endorsement. Vander Plaats was Huckabees state chair for the 2008 campaign. The former Arkansas governors last two visits to Iowa were to raise money for the IFPC. It is hard to imagine the group endorsing anyone instead of Huckabee. Some attendees have privately suggested that Vander Plaats current tour is a thinly veiled campaign on behalf of Huckabee. Indeed, Vander Plaats mentions Huckabee at almost every stop. The events are frequently held in the same Pizza Ranch locations that Huckabee and BVP toured...
  • Iowa Holds A Major Judicial Election Youve Heard Next to Nothing About

    10/12/2010 6:56:33 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 12, 2010 - | by Bryan Preston
    There arent a whole lot of things in politics about which anyone can claim: This has never happened before! But in Iowa, a major battle over judicial activism fits the bill. In all the years that Iowans have held to their odd, some would say cozy, system of appointing judges at all levels including the Supreme Court, a justice has never been voted off that court even though they all come up for a vote on a rotating basis. Each election cycle a few justices come up for retention, and in total they face the voters once every eight years....
  • Former CEO says OU terminated Vander Plaats (Huckabee's Boy Canned For Incompetence)

    06/07/2010 8:42:14 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 41 replies · 93+ views
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | 5-23-10 | Bret Hayworth
    SIOUX CITY -- The human services agency led at one time by 2010 Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats nearly closed its doors in the early 2000s in large part because he failed to produce adequate fundraising support after stepping down as CEO, according to a former board member and executive for Sioux City-based Opportunities Unlimited. Vander Plaats inability to raise funds for Opportunities Unlimited in what is described as a hybrid management/board position led to his termination by the board, said Jackie Kibbie-Williams, a former board member and the person who succeeded Vander Plaats as CEO of Opportunities Unlimited....
  • Sarah Palin: Terry Branstad for Iowa

    06/03/2010 2:43:38 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 42 replies · 713+ views
    Facebook ^ | 6-3-10 | Sarah Palin
    Iowa, your great states motto is Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain. That motto will be well served by voting for Terry Branstad for governor next Tuesday! Please join me in supporting Governor Branstads campaign. Visit his website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. - Sarah Palin
  • Branstad undergoes elective heart procedure

    05/05/2010 4:01:26 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 3 replies · 210+ views
    The Iowa Independent ^ | May 5, 2010 | Lynda Waddington
    The gubernatorial campaign for Terry Branstad is downplaying a heart procedure that was successfully completed on the former governor today at a Des Moines hospital. In the interest of openness and full disclosure, we are releasing this information to the press and public, said campaign manager Jeff Boeyink. Dr. Michael Fraizer, an interventional cardiologist at the Iowa Heart Center, stated that the procedure was not done due to a heart attack, but was a routine procedure mandated by a stress test. Today former Gov. Terry Branstad had an elective heart procedure. This demonstrated a partially blocked artery that was treated...
  • 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...
  • Vander Plaats' campaign: "We cannot compete financially"

    01/19/2010 4:21:20 PM PST · by bigred08 · 7 replies · 467+ views
    Des Moines Examiner ^ | 1/19/2009 | Kevin Hall
    In "The Art of War", Sun Tzu stresses the importance of building and maintaining momentum. If he were viewing Bob Vander Plaats' campaign to become Iowa's next governor, Sun Tzu would surmise that he is losing, because he has lost all momentum.
  • Iowa GOP candidate to Tea Party "I can't see Russia from here like Governor Palin"

    01/16/2010 2:19:53 PM PST · by bigred08 · 77 replies · 2,968+ views
    The Spencer Daily Reporter ^ | 1/15/2010 | Randy Cauthron
    "I can't see Russia from here like Gov. Palin, but I can see South Dakota and South Dakota has figured it out - zero percent sells." Those words came from Iowa GOP Gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats during a forum sponsored by the Clay County Tea Party Patriots. Vander Plaats is making his third attempt at becoming Iowa's Governor. He is a very close ally of Mike Huckabee, and served as Huckabee's 2008 Iowa co-chair. empt at the Iowa Governor's office, the Sioux City businessman's appearance highlighted the first of three scheduled gubernatorial Informed Voter Forums sponsored by the Clay...
  • Huckabee wades into Iowa governor's race

    06/10/2009 12:41:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 746+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06/10/2009 | Mike Glover
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Mike Huckabee is returning to the site of one of his biggest presidential primary wins and wading into Iowa state politics -- a move seen as risky but potentially rewarding should he opt for another presidential run. Huckabee will be the draw Wednesday at a Spirit Lake fundraiser for Bob Vander Plaats, a top leader in Huckabee's caucus campaign who is expected to run for governor next year and who has the backing of many social conservatives. "Bob Vander Plaats is an exceptional leader. That's why I'd like to see him win next year," Huckabee said...
  • IA: Bob Vander Plaats on Marriage

    06/11/2009 7:49:22 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 3 replies · 314+ views
    WHO-Radio Des Moines ^ | June 11, 2009 | Bob Vander Plaats
    From WHO Radio host Steve Deace : Recently GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats gave a speech at a conference Amy and I attended in which he laid out both God's Law on marriage, and the Constitutional Rule of Law on the separation of powers/will of the people, as well as any politician I have ever heard. If you care about preserving the family in Iowa, and the rule of law in our nation, you have absolutely got to listen to this. I also ask that you would join me in praying that God helps Bob to maintain the boldness...
  • Vander Plaats spreads message

    02/06/2006 6:10:13 AM PST · by Gipper08 · 13 replies · 299+ views
    Daily nonpareil ^ | 2-5-05 | TIM ROHWER
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats told the group at Saturday's Legislative Coffee he has the right background in dealing with the state's critical issues. Vander Plaats, of Sioux City, is running against U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle. "His background is in Washington, D.C., and Congress, and I'm not saying that's bad; but my background is in education, health care and human services and business and industry, and those are critical issues of state government," he said during a visit to Council Bluffs Saturday. Vander Plaats is a former high school teacher and principal who also served as a chief executive...
  • Nussle leads Vander Plaats in new poll

    09/02/2005 2:42:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Mason City IA Globe Gazette ^ | August 18 2005 | Todd Dorman
    DES MOINES U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle has an early lead over Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats in the race to capture the Republican nomination for governor, according to a poll released Wednesday. Among 400 Iowa Republican voters surveyed by Davenport-based Victory Enterprises, 24.75 percent said they would "definitely" support Nussle and another 26 percent said they "probably" would vote for the congressman from Manchester in the June 2006 GOP primary. Vander Plaats received definite support from 10.75 percent and probable support from another 12.25 percent. The poll found that 25 percent were undecided while 1.25 percent refused to...
  • Vander Plaats wins first Iowa Guv Straw Poll against U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle... Nussle a 'no show'

    06/18/2005 3:07:13 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 68 replies · 1,018+ views
    IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 6/18/2005 | IPWGOP
    Vander Plaats wins first Iowa Guv Straw Poll Iowa GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats has won the first head-to-head test with GOP rival Rep. Jim Nussle. The first straw poll in the state, held June 18th by the Hamilton County Republicans, proved a strong showing for Vander Plaats. Nussle, who refused to participate, was severely hurt by his decision with the vote being 87 for Vander Plaats and 9 votes for Nussle. During the event, held in Williams, Iowa, Vander Plaats addressed the crowd and stressed the need to work with grassroot organizations. Hamilton County Chairman Roger Hughes encouraged...