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New Vander Plaats Ad Attacks Branstad on Illegal Immigration

At last night’s Polk County GOP Dinner, Bob Vander Plaats said that he wasn’t running against Terry Branstad, instead he was focused on bringing conservative leadership to state government. Today, Vander Platts launched a TV ad attacking Branstad on illegal immigration.

Vander Plaats’s first TV ad began running across the state on Monday. It’s interesting that they didn’t even let that ad run for a week before switching it out for an ad that goes after Branstad.

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Posted by on May 27, 2010.

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21 Responses

  1. What is he wearing?  Why can I see that his hair, face, and shirt all look the same shade of copper/brown but a professional video producer didn’t….? The attack is a clean shot, and a good one to use given recent polls, but……geesh.  

    by Commoner Sense on May 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

  2. Yawn… boring ad. In 12 short days Bob will be done in Iowa politics.

    by RedIowa2010 on May 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

  3. Craig, you failed to mention that he said “Terry Branstad AND CHET CULVER”–this ad is attacking both men. You point out one fact and not the other. This isn’t an attack, it is the truth as Commoner Sense said. It is a good, clean shot.

    by Stacia on May 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  4. It this is a Republican website, you should point out that Bob attacks Democrat Chet Culver in this ad too for Pete’s sake! You just want to make this ad seem like Bob is just attacking Branstad, Branstad, Branstad. However, he says “Branstad and Chet Culver.” Change the title of your article and the contents to get the whole facts. What kind of reporting is this?

    by Stacia on May 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  5. It is a good clear shot. Stacia, when you lump in your Republican opponent with a Democrat you are attacking your Republican opponent. Also, you question my reporting when I posted the ad for people to watch. Also if the Vander Plaats campaign wanted to drive the issue a little better their press release could have contained some background and issue information instead of just the script of the ad.

    by Craig Robinson on May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

  6. Its a shame Bob wont get to be part of state governmundt in 12 days. Rock on Red IA.

    by Bob Sacamano on May 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm

  7. Craig, the script of the ad targets Branstad and Culver. The majority of the people on here will just read what you wrote and not watch the ad. When people read your story, they automatically think the whole ad is attacking Branstad when it isn’t. It goes after Culver as much as Branstad. Your spinning the story to fit a script. It is called cherry-picking the facts. Since this is a Republican website, I thought the goal is to point out attacks on the democrats and Chet Culver.

    Bob Sacamano, as for your comment, I wouldn’t say Branstad has won the primary just yet. In Idaho’s 1st congressional district, a former McCain state chairman who was endorsed by the state and national GOP as well as Sarah Palin lost to an underfunded tea-party endorsed candidate. The establishment backed guy spent 20 times as much as the tea-party backed candidate; however, the tea party candidate won the primary. I’m just sayin, this year you cannot predict what will happen like in past years.

    by Stacia on May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  8. Stacia- one big problem to your theory- Terry Branstad is well liked.

    by RedIowa2010 on May 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

  9. That and Raul (?) Labrador ran a really good campaign, while the other fella (name escapes at the moment) had a series of missteps over the past two weeks. If anything, its the Branstad campaign that has a run a great race and BVP who has destroyed any chance he had at winning when he announced.

    by the NEW Republican party on May 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

  10. Vaughn Ward. haHA!

    by the NEW Republican party on May 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

  11. What is more interesting is the fact that he is esentially running a “Congressional” style ad not a local issues state candidate ad.

    by Waywardson on May 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

  12. Jesus H! Every time I read something that Stacia writes I want to change my mind and vote for Branstad. You are not doing Bob any favors here lady. They say the worst action in war is not to be skillfully attacked but to be ineptly defended. Stacia is beyond inept. She is totally inaccurate and off putting to the maximum.

    by Waywardson on May 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  13. Sorry Waywardson, no more comments from me for today 🙂

    by Stacia on May 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  14. ….And….Bob Panders Lots returns.

    It doesn’t matter what the hot button political issue is of the day… .If Bob thinks it will earn him votes, he’s all for it. Prime example here.

    What was Bob’s stance on illegal immigration in 2008, when he chaired Huckabee’s campaign, who not only wanted to give instate, taxpayer funded college scholarships to illegals, but wanted to move the Mexican consulate to Arkansas to attract illegals???

    by red247 on May 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  15. Vaughn lost because he stole Obama’s speech verbatim. Call me when Branstad uses the term “audacity of hope” and I’ll believe you. Until then, try and get a better example.

    by Justyn on May 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  16. This two bit panderer will say anything he thinks he needs to to get some votes. Not only does he use Huckabee’s name as an ally while Huckabee has an abysmal record on illegal immigration, BVP’s own church is for illegal immigration. Will the real BVP please stand up.

    What the heck are we to believe?

    by Deace voted for Obama on May 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  17. Mr. Vander Plaats says in the commercial: “As Governor, I will give State and local law enforcement the authority to enforce immigration laws.”

    The Governor, by himself does not have the power to expand the powers of state and local law enforcement. The legislature would have more than a little involvement, as the AZ legislature did there. More illusions of grandeur? Or can Mr. Vander Plaats point to a statute where the Governor has been given that authority?

    The Arizona law was certainly needed in Arizona. I’m not sure it is needed in Iowa. Meaning I’m undecided about the need for a law like that in Iowa. It might be useful.

    by chris on May 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  18. Unrelated comment. I promosised Waywardson that I wouldn’t comment again tonight but this comment in not controversial. Was anyone polled tonight? I was polled. The caller-ID said BR Interviewing. Same people who polled me 3 months ago; however, I don’t remember them releasing a poll back then after I got polled. Interesting.

    by Stacia on May 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  19. It’s a good ad; and it’s funny that some of the same people here who have been ridiculing him for not having TV ads are now pissing and moaning about the content of the ads. Since when is it off-limits to communicate your position on a current issue, and to point out what you perceive to be a weakness and a liability in your opponent(s)? Some of you are either spineless, or scared he will win. Or both.

    by Aarongorn on May 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  20. Not bad. It will be interesting to see how things shake out.

    by AuH20 on May 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

  21. If elected, I heard Terry Branstad is going to pass an executive order allowing people to vote on Bob Vander Plaats American citizenship. I mean, the people want, and deserve, a chance to vote on it!!

    by Jeff on May 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

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