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July 19th, 2011

TIR Has Answers to Strawn’s Questions for Christie Vilsack

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, Matt Strawn, wants Christie Vilsack to answer a few questions in regard to where she stands on various issues now that she is officially a candidate.  As we learned on Vilsack’s “listening tour,” people wondering where Mrs. Vilsack stands are required to answer their own questions.

Below is video of Vilsack refusing to answer a simple question. It is followed by Strawn’s press release, which now includes answers to his questions, provided by

It’s Time for Answers: 
After three months of avoiding questions, it’s time for specifics from Mrs. Vilsack

After launching her campaign nearly three months ago, Christie Vilsack began to familiarize herself with the new 4th Congressional District on her “listening tour.” The only thing more glaring than the sparse attendance at her meetings, a single individual attended her Audubon County stop, was her refusal to talk about her vision for getting our country back on track. In a district where having President Obama on the ballot will be a liability, it’s clear Mrs. Vilsack wants to mask her close ties with the Obama administration and her endorsement of the President’s failed economic policies. As an “official” candidate, Iowans deserve to know where she stands on the pressing issues. To bring clarity to what Mrs. Vilsack stands for, the Iowa GOP has provided several questions Iowans of all stripes deserve to have answered during her “official” announcement tour.

  •      —  Did you support the failed stimulus? Do you advocate, as Senator Harkin does, for a second stimulus?

Well, she received a $2500 contribution from Harkin’s PAC, so it sure looks that way.

  •      —  Do you support ObamaCare?

Nancy Pelosi fought hard for ObamaCare, and now she is fighting hard to get Christy Vilsack elected to Congress.  Pelosi donated $4000 to Vilsack’s campaign from her campaign committee and gave another $3000 from her leadership PAC.

  •     —   The Obama administration has advocated for cap-and trade. Do you support this initiative? Are 4th District farmers supportive of this policy?

Her husband, who serves in the Obama administration, believes that Cap and Trade would be profitable for farmers.

  •      —  Do you advocate raising taxes or cutting spending to deal with our debt crisis? If raising taxes, who would experience tax increases? If cutting spending, what programs would you cut?

The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has wanted to eliminate the Bush tax cuts of 2000.  The DCCC has contributed $11,500 to Vilsack’s campaign.

  •      —  Is there a single issue with which you disagree with President Obama?

Nope.  David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist and one-time Senior Advisor to the President, contributed $2500 to her campaign.

  • —  Two 5-4 Supreme Court decisions, Heller and McDonald, found that the Second Amendment was a personal right on the level of free speech.  Did you agree with the five or with the four in those cases?

Probably the four.  Congressman Steve Israel, who gave Vilsack a $2000 contribution from his campaign committee, scored an “F” by NRA on pro-gun rights policies.

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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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