June 26th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Bitter primary battle spills into Iowa GOP convention

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican leaders meeting in Des Moines on Saturday were hoping to close the book on a bitter primary battle for governor that pitted conservative-against-conservative in a struggle for control of the Republican Party.

Former Gov. Terry Branstad defeated Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts for the GOP gubernatorial nomination earlier this month, but the hard-fought contest caused fractures within the party at a time when Republicans are ramping up efforts to try and defeat Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in November.

Roberts has endorsed Branstad, but Vander Plaats has not and acknowledged Friday that he is considering an independent bid for governor. At the same time, Vander Plaats' supporters are lobbying Branstad to choose the former rival as his running mate, which Vander Plaats said he would accept when asked during an interview on WHO News Radio 1040.

Vander Plaats noted he has "not made that decision" about a third-party run, but added that he is getting encouragement to do so. Vander Plaats said in the interview that one of his main criteria would be if "I believe I'd have a
clear chance of winning."

Vander Plaats was considered to be the more conservative candidate in the primary.

On Thursday, Branstad, who previously served as governor from 1983 to 1999, named state Sen. Kim Reynolds as his running mate, which infuriated many Vander Plaats supporters who want to see him placed on the ticket. Vander
Plaats supporters are expected to make a motion at the convention to have him named the GOP's lieutenant governor nominee. Branstad allies tell CNN that they have enough votes to make sure Reynolds is ratified as the nominee.

In his address to convention attendees Saturday morning, Sen. Chuck Grassley publicly declared his support for the Branstad-Reynolds ticket.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gil

    Great another third party try. Keep tearing the repuglican party to pieces you teabuggers and see where you end up!

    June 26, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. g

    the rupert murdock group ,must pass the are you really a white natural born american test

    June 26, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |

    i live in Iowa and i am not sure about Branstad when he was governor before he overspent and wasn't that great so why put him back in but then he is probably better than what we have now, our governor seems like a big dummy (i had another word to use but can't).

    June 26, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    Don't ya just love to see an insect eat it's own or the "Don't Tread On Me" snake swallow itself starting with it's tale...

    RethgliCANTs – soon to be the next species on the planet to go extinct because it can't evolve...

    June 26, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. katiec

    Keep up the in fighting, republican.
    We love it.

    June 26, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Randall in Torrance, CA - There is no such thing as a Republican leader

    We all know as well as the Republicans, that there is no such thing as a Republican leader. Republicans do as their Big Corporation bosses tell them to do. This is why Republicans denounce "democracy." Democracy is the antithesis of the Republican creed and motto, which is basically, "Take from the Earth what you can to make all the money you can and forget everyone else." Republicans know this is the truth and the heart of what they believe and stand for. They say they are patriotic but their real agenda is to use the military to keep full access to the world's oil supply and to maintain ties to the friendly oil producing nations. Republicans piss on the middle-class like a dog pisses on a fire hydrant. Do not be fooled by their words, they are not to be trusted with our natural resources, our money, our health care, and our jobs.

    Speaking of jobs, did you know that the Republicans just voted down to continue unemployment benefits to those who lost their jobs because of failed Republican leadership during the Great Recession they caused?

    Again, the Republicans are beholden to big business and big oil companies.

    Piss on the Republicans in 2012? Obama and Biden all the way!!!!!!!

    Republicans should be waterboarded with BP oil until they choke to death.

    In JESUS name – AMEN!

    June 26, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Yum, nothing like having some GOP for dinner. I love it when CONservatives act like real people instead of pretending that they are perfect. If the GOP want to be viable, really viable, they need to jettison the various tea party factions. You see, while you are snowed by these people the rest of us are not and how are you going to MAKE the rest of the electorate fall into line? Good luck with that!

    June 26, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. alumette

    What sort of statement is that from an adult daughter? She needs to mind her own business and stay our of her parents lives. It is not for her to comment. I see a brainwashed woman who is sticking out for her mother. Too bad for her. Life is better than that.

    June 26, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Bill

    I love it. Watching Vander Plaats toy with Branstad can only help the Culver campaign. Keep up the good work Bob.

    June 26, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. No Freak Show, Please!

    Branstad kicked the snot out of Vander Putz in the primaries. Why would he want THAT fruit-loop on the ticket?

    Vander Putz and Rep. Steven King are both from western Iowa, must be bad water or inbreeding or something out there.

    AND Grassley needs to retire back to the farm and piddle with his lawn mowers.

    One more thing Branstad, show us you have some intelligence, publicly reject the Palin endorsement, she's a liability in the general election! (God, it was all I could do to suger coat that one!)

    June 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Hugo

    Mesa Mick June 26th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

    Don't ya just love to see an insect eat it's own or the "Don't Tread On Me" snake swallow itself starting with it's tale...

    RethgliCANTs – soon to be the next species on the planet to go extinct because it can't evolve...

    You have to have survival of the fittest for evolution to occur, thanks to the Dumbocraps we no longer have the strongest, smartest and most able, we have Affirmative Action Jackson!

    June 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    This is a primary. Whoever comes out on top will trounce any Democrat. Iowa is a conservative State that favors smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedoms and Christian principles. The antithesis of the Obama/Liberal agenda! It'll be a landslide victory. Bank on it Libbies!

    June 26, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |