2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC
March 9th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
5 months ago

2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC

(CNN) – In a move that is generating even more 2016 presidential buzz, the chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party is leaving his position to work for Rand PAC, a group that supports Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

A.J. Spiker, who’s been chairman since February 2012, sent a letter to Iowa GOP committee members Friday, saying that he was stepping down and that elections for a new chairman would take place on March 29, according to a statement released Saturday by the state party.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 'options open'
March 5th, 2014
01:02 PM ET
5 months ago

Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 'options open'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan's heading back to Iowa.

And he's telling CNN that he's keeping his "options open" about a presidential run.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Paul Ryan
What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?
February 27th, 2014
08:28 PM ET
5 months ago

What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?

(CNN) - Straying from his 2012 campaign trail all-American, no-frills persona, Rick Perry had a new look while making a round of media calls in Washington last week – a trendy pair of thick-rimmed glasses.

But the former presidential candidate's new specs aren't all about fashion.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation
February 26th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation

(CNN) – Scott Brown is headed back to Iowa.

The Ringgold County GOP confirms to CNN that the former senator from Massachusetts will speak at their April 3rd dinner in Mount Ayr, in the south-central part of the state.

This will be Brown's third tip to Iowa since last summer. He made a swing through the Iowa State Fair last August and returned in November to address a Scott County GOP fundraiser.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Scott Brown
Iowa candidate: Koch backing 'like being endorsed by Charles Manson'
February 6th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Iowa candidate: Koch backing 'like being endorsed by Charles Manson'

(CNN) - Elections in Coralville, Iowa, a town of about 20,000, took a big city turn when the billionaire Koch brother's group, Americans for Prosperity, jumped into last year's mayoral and city council race.

"It was kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson," is how Chris Turner, a fiscally conservative city council candidate, described the support by AFP to "The Daily Show's" Jason Jones.

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Filed under: Americans for Prosperity • Iowa
Christie sends Christmas cards to Iowa Republicans
January 3rd, 2014
02:56 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie sends Christmas cards to Iowa Republicans

Updated 9:37 a.m., 1/4/2014

Washington (CNN) – When Bobby Kaufmann opened his mail a few days before Christmas, a smiling picture of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not what he expected to see.

But inside an envelope from New Jersey, the Iowa Republican lawmaker got a Christmas card from Christie–a man he has never met.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa
Governors make college bowl bet to help feed the hungry
January 1st, 2014
08:33 AM ET
7 months ago

Governors make college bowl bet to help feed the hungry

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad have a lot riding on Wednesday's Outback Bowl between college football's University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Louisiana State University Tigers.

The two Republican governors have made a friendly wager aimed at helping feed the hungry in Iowa and Louisiana.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Iowa • Louisiana • Terry Branstad
Biden 'dead meat' in Iowa, governor says
December 19th, 2013
07:26 AM ET
8 months ago

Biden 'dead meat' in Iowa, governor says

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, widely assumed to be plotting a third presidential bid in 2016, shouldn’t bother booking any flights to Des Moines, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said.

“Biden is dead meat out here,” Branstad asserted Wednesday in an interview with CNN inside his office at the gilded state capitol building. “He is not going anywhere.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Vice President Biden
In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote
December 19th, 2013
04:59 AM ET
8 months ago

In Iowa, Schweitzer takes aim at Clinton's Iraq vote

Altoona, Iowa (CNN) – Brian Schweitzer, a former Montana governor and self-styled prairie populist who wants to be part of the Democratic presidential conversation for 2016, drew a bright line between himself and presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday by raising an topic that has largely faded from the political spotlight amid rising economic anxiety: the Iraq War.

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Filed under: 2016 • Brian Schweitzer • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Iraq
New polling low for Obama in crucial state
December 18th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
8 months ago

New polling low for Obama in crucial state

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting a new low in the state that propelled him toward the White House.

The President's approval rating stands at 38% and his disapproval rating at 59% in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa voters. The 39% figure is Obama's lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac polling in the Hawkeye State.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2014 • Iowa • President Obama
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