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June 10th, 2009

Huckabee Endorses Vander Plaats

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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While in Iowa to raise money for his former caucus chairman’s run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, Mike Huckabee also lent his endorsement to Vander Plaats’ campaign.

Huckabee had the following to say about Vander Plaats, “Bob hasn’t officially announced his intentions yet, but I don’t mind giving him a little nudge because the stakes are so high for Iowa. This state desperately needs new leadership and Bob’s determination to make great things happen in unequaled.”

Huckabee went on to say, “Bob’s committed to leading Iowa forward by reforming the way the state government works, putting an end to the Democrats’ runaway spending and really opening Iowa for business so you have an economy that’s hitting on all cylinders. He has front-line, real-world experience as a public school teacher and principal and he’s been a leader in the human services and health care field. Education and human services make up roughly 80 percent of the state’s budget and it’s about time you had someone leading this state who truly understands how to make those systems work better instead of protecting the status quo.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Huckabee sat down to talk with The Iowa Republican about why he thinks Vander Plaats would make a good governor.

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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