June 26th, 2010
03:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Iowa GOP resolves nomination fight, could face fractured party

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – An effort to force Iowa’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Terry Branstad to choose a formal rival as his running mate failed Saturday but exposed a rift in the GOP that could potentially help Democrats in November.

Branstad’s hand-picked candidate for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Kim Reynolds, defeated Bob Vander Plaats at the Iowa Republican Party State Convention. Vander Plaats lost to Branstad in the gubernatorial primary earlier this month.

On Friday, Vander Plaats would not rule out an independent run for governor if he failed to win the lieutenant governor’s nomination. It was unclear if Vander Plaats would address the convention Saturday following his loss to Reynolds.

If Vander Plaats launches a third party run, it could siphon votes away from Branstad, who is running against Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. Even if Vander Plaats decides not to run, some of his supporters told CNN that they will not vote for Branstad in November.

Filed under: Iowa • Terry Branstad
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The simple solution is to go with whoever the Tea Party likes.

    June 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    hate and fear continue to lose

    June 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    Don't ya just love a good fight? It's even better when the members on one team turn on eachother. Go for it Republicans. Not to worry, we will all be standing here cheering for you and consider this. Whatever the out come, atleast you guys know a Republican will come out of that fight on top hehehe. That is what ya call a sure fired win. hehehe

    June 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. No Freak Show, Please!

    Vander Putz is from the same district as Troglodite, Rep. Steven King. Nuf said about that. If Vander Putz is forced on Brandsted AND a Palin endorsement, Terry will only be seeing the inside of Terrace Hill as a tourist!

    June 26, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Hugo

    GI Joe June 26th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

    hate and fear continue to lose
    Spend and tax continues while most of us snooze...

    13 trillion dollars, 13 trillion dollars, $13 per second for 36,000 years, say it with me, 13 trillion dollars. We have past the point of return, better go drink some more Kool aide.

    June 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. harold

    Why would you want to vote for a Republican anyway? They want to REPEAL the new Health Insurance Law.. and do away with Medicare.. Veterans Health Insurance..and privatize Social Security.. Plus they have to do what the T Party people like which is vote NO and sit back and enjoy their lack of Health Insurance. They love Private Health Insurance which is really a government themselves they govern and their lobbiests is their army..

    June 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. No Freak Show, Please!

    Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC June 26th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

    The simple solution is to go with whoever the Tea Party likes.

    Unfortunately Hank, Vander Putz was hoping to ride the Tea Party to an upset victory in the primary, which, obviously, didn't pan out too well.

    June 26, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Who was Prez when this happened? GOP

    February 8th, 2007
    T.J. Bonner, Glenn Beck Accuse Department of Homeland Security of Conspiracy, Cover-Up, Payoffs, Mexico Style Corruption in Border Agent Case
    Glenn Beck Show – CNN Headline News
    Then there are the bigger questions, the ones that really make you wonder who is the wizard behind that curtain? For example, why did homeland security staff members tell Congress that the border agents said they intended to shoot Mexicans when we now know that was a lie, an intentional deception of Congress? Why did the staff members also say that the agents admitted that they knew the suspect wasn`t armed when they shot him? Again, something we now know that never happened. Why did the lead prosecutor in the case reportedly infer that going soft on the agents would send the wrong message to Hispanic voters? But here`s the other thing I`m only starting to figure out. An agenda does exist, but don`t we deserve to know what that agenda is? OK. T.J., this is where you lead every time. It goes to conspiracy corner, because it doesn`t make sense. My gut tells me money is exchanging hands. We are looking at Mexico style corruption here. Do you believe that`s even possible? BONNER: It`s possible. You hate to think it, Glenn, because the ramifications are frightening. But it is certainly within the realm of possibility….

    February 2007

    T.J. Bonner, Glenn Beck Accuse Department of Homeland Security of Conspiracy, Cover-Up, Payoffs, Mexico Style Corruption in Border Agent Case
    Glenn Beck Show – CNN Headline News

    June 26, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. artraveler

    Hey Hugo, and you know that over $11 trillion of the deficit was caused by Republican presidents who were so busy giving tax cuts that they couldn't take care of the rest of government. As usual, it will take a Democrat to clean up the fouled nest.

    June 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    One word for the downward spiral of the party of Fable Followers.


    June 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. normajean

    GOP a "Fractured Party", Did you just figure that out? They've been a fractured party for a long time and getting worse. Not only can't they work with those outside their own party but they can't even agree within their own people. For the last year plus they have done nothing but disagree amongst themselves, they have produced nothing, they have improved nothing and their quasi relationship with "Partiers" and big mouth commentators have lost them future votes and any respectability they may have had. For you who say you'll stand there cheering for them, better take a friend along because you might stand there alone.

    June 26, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. mama panda

    Gads, it's bad enough that Branstad is running again. Why must he try to foul things up even more?

    June 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Ben

    Some people just don't know when to quit.

    June 26, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Why would you want to vote for a Republican anyway? They want to REPEAL the new Health Insurance Law.."

    56% of all Americans want to repeal that bit of tyranny–a majority didn't want it passed in the first place. Not to mention Pelosi, Reid, and Obama lied about it saving money–it will certainly cost many times what the Evil Trio claimed it would.

    That right there is enough to get a lot of independents and even a few of the more sensible and/or disappointed Dems to vote for a Republican.

    "...and do away with Medicare...and privatize Social Security.."

    Medicare is going to do away with itself in a few more years by going broke. Wouldn't it be better to phase it out now, carefully, so it dissolution hurts the fewest possible people, rather than wait for it to fail catastrophically and hurt lots of people? Same for Social Security. It's going bankrupt too. And why wouldn't people want to privatise Social Security and take control of their own money? You really trust the idiots in government to do that?

    June 26, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Ben

    harold – "Why would you want to vote for a Republican anyway? They want to REPEAL the new Health Insurance Law.. and do away with Medicare"

    Because Repubs are the only ones looking out for us, that's why.

    Repeal ObamaCare? You bet. It's poorly conceived, poorly written and will raise costs and raise taxes and force millions onto the so-called government "plan". Plus it's blatantly unconstitutional.

    Do away with Medicare? What are you smoking? When have the Repubs ever advocated doing away with Medicare? Do you people just enjoy making stuff up?

    June 26, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA


    Talk about drinking the Koolaide,

    Who are the 3 biggest deficit Presidents the US has EVER had???

    1. Reagan (Republican God)
    2. George W. Bush (Appointed by the Republican God)
    3. George H. W. Bush (Father of the appointed by Republican God President)

    You can have your own opinion, but you CANT have your own FACTS...

    June 26, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. doug

    Hope they don't kick out their candidate like they are trying to do in South Carolina, oh that's right, only Democrats do that, Republicans respect the will of the people.

    June 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. vegasguy

    The Tea Baggers are trying to show their strength here, the only problem is the primary showed that they don't have any strength, just really loud voices. The American people are tired of the GOP voting no on everything and offering nothing. Their new ideas are simply to do nothing, the corporations will take care of us, really?!? Have you looked in the Gulf lately? BP has really taken care of us haven't they. Shall we get into how the health insurance companies have taken care of us? Do we want the GOP to also get rid of Social Security and Medicare? That's what they want to do, they've been trying to do that ever since Social Security was first passed and Medicare too. REALLY ?!?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 26, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. John PA

    Love it; keep up the in-fighting; we enjoy the entertainment. A certified bunch of do-nothings at best.

    June 26, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Anne P. CA

    Just the kind of "fracture" we're counting on!

    June 26, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |