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December 16th, 2015

Cruz Campaign: “Fiorina goes full vagina right away.”

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Steve Deace isn’t just some loud-mouth opinionated radio talk show host, he’s an integral member of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. After endorsing Cruz this summer, he traveled to Boulder, Colorado with the campaign and was a campaign representative in the media spin-room following the debate.

Deace speaks at Cruz campaign events, leads strategy sessions with activists, and hocks pro-Cruz commentary on the various political websites that he contributes to on a daily basis. Like every blogger and talk radio host, he regularly pushes the boundaries. However at the beginning CNN’s primetime Republican presidential debate, Deace may have crossed the line.

As Carly Fiorina wrapped up he opening remarks, Deace tweeted, “Wow…Fiorina goes full vagina right away.”

When a Twitter follower called his remarks “disgusting,” Deace replied, “Completely agree. I think a GOP presidential candidate’s opening statement being all about her gender is disgusting.”

Another one of Deace’s followers tweeted, “I personally like vaginas.” To which Deace responded, “Love them myself. Ask ‪@amydeace.”

In time, Deace somewhat apologized tweeting, “‪@amydeace tells me while on point about Carly and gender card I was too vulgar and need to apologize. And my wife is ALWAYS right. So I do.”

Much has been made about the endorsements Sen. Ted Cruz has received from some of the more high-profile conservative leaders in Iowa. Deace was the first to endorse. He was followed by Congressman Steve King, and FAMiLY Leader President Bob Vander Plaats. Three other members of Vander Plaats’ organization are the most recent to endorse.

Still in the span of a few seconds, an endorsee can make life difficult for their particular candidate by sending out a derogatory tweet. Already in this election cycle, we have seen political operatives lose their jobs because of an unsavory tweet they made years ago.

Regardless, this type of thing, while trivial, can derail a campaign in a general election. Iowans saw this first hand when Congressman Bruce Braley, the frontrunner for Iowa’s open US Senate seat in 2014, made stupid and uncalled for comments about farmers. Trust me, woman bashing is even worse. Deace should know better, and Cruz shouldn’t stand with people like that.

“I personally and publicly denounce this comment,” Bob Vander Plaats said. “I confronted Steve Deace about it. He has publicly admitted the comment was ‘needlessly vulgar,’ and ‘stupid’ (and I agree) and has issued a public apology.”

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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