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December 18th, 2009

David Barton Endorses Vander Plaats

BartonRepublican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats has earned his second endorsement of an influential Texan. David Barton of WallBuilders has endorsed his campaign. The other Texan who endorsed Vander Plaats is movie star turned political columnist, Chuck Norris.

In a press release about Barton’s endorsement, Vander Plaats said, “I’m incredibly excited to have David’s backing because he has such a deep base of supporters across our state. I know several candidates and potential candidates have sought his support because he commands tremendous respect and attention. Having him in our corner will be another crucial tool to motivate and mobilize grassroots Iowans next year,” Vander Plaats said.

Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. Barton isn’t a stranger to Iowa either. In October, Barton was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Christian Alliance Fall Dinner, and before that, he traveled the state in support of Sam Brownback’s presidential campaign in advance of the Iowa caucuses.

“Bob Vander Plaats epitomizes the leadership our Founding Fathers envisioned when they stood up for our individual liberties,” Barton said in a prepared statement. “He knows that it’s the hard work and unfettered creative spirit of individuals made this country and states like Iowa great. He knows that more bureaucracies, more government employees, higher taxes and increased government spending will crush Iowa. And, he’ll articulate that message in winning fashion.”

Barton’s endorsement is significant for a couple of reasons. Barton’s endorsement of Vander Plaats’s campaign is also in essence an endorsement of Vander Plaats’ executive order to put a stay on gay marriages in the state. Vander Plaats has made his position on the issue the foundation of his gubernatorial campaign, and Barton’s endorsement provides Vander Plaats with some much needed credibility on the subject.

The media and Vander Plaats’ opponents all claim that Vander Plaats’ proposal wouldn’t hold up to constitutional scrutiny. However, Vander Plaats’ position is very popular with many activists in the Republican Party. Barton’s endorsement will also help Vander Plaats reach out and engage conservative pastors across the state to get involved in his campaign.

Steve Deace, a Christian radio show host on WHO Radio, told, “The Barton endorsement is significant because it reinforces the powerful presentation David gave at the Iowa Christian Alliance’s fall banquet. Barton clearly made the case that there are more ways to fight the Supreme Court’s attack on marriage then just waiting around to pass a marriage amendment, which I am in favor of. However, Barton suggested several other remedies, including an executive order, in his presentation.”

“By endorsing Vander Plaats, who is the only Republican gubernatorial candidate that is not capitulating to the court’s unconstitutional edict, Barton is cementing just how important marriage and the rule of law are, and how pivotal of a role Iowa plays in that battle. Barton’s endorsement also puts other Christian conservative activists and advocacy groups in Iowa on notice that now is not the time to remain on the sidelines in this primary hoping to get a seat at the table when the music stops playing, but to follow both David and Michael Farris’ lead in taking a bold stand at such a crucial time,” Deace concluded.

With Barton’s endorsement and the endorsement Vander Plaats received from Michael Farris, a national leader in home-school education, Vander Plaats has now cemented himself as the candidate of the religious right. In a Republican primary, social and religious conservatives make up a sizable portion of the electorate. If an overwhelming majority of these voters turnout for Vander Plaats in the primary, he may be difficult to beat.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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