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February 6th, 2015

Rogers, Clovis, Strawn Lead Group Trying Steer 2016 Focus toward National Security

Mike Rogers

DES MOINES – Former U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers believes America faces the worst national security threats of his lifetime. That is why Rogers formed an organization aimed at making sure national security and foreign policy remain major issues in the 2016 presidential campaign, including the Iowa Caucuses.

Rogers, who retired from Congress last month, visited Iowa Thursday to announce the launch of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS). The group plans organize on the grassroots level to make sure presidential candidates are asked the difficult questions on national security and foreign policy.

“When they come to Iowa, they better be prepared to offerf more than just talking points on what they’re going to do to reestablish America’s leadership in the world,” Rogers said. “Peace abroad, prosperity at home. And it’s not going to be Mike Rogers…this is going to be the smart folks of Iowa challenging these folks as they come through and try to win votes in the caucuses.”

The leaders of APPS in Iowa include former U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Sam Clovis and former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn, as well as several other prominent conservatives.

“I think what we really have to focus on is the quality of the candidates that we have coming forward and whether or not they are able to present a coherent and comprehensive view of what national security is all about,” Clovis said.

Clovis added that the presidential candidates will need to get past basic talking points on national security. They need to discuss the issues with more depth that you can find on Wikipedia or in the news headlines of the day.

“We have to be able to have them demonstrate to us that they actually understand what the instruments of power are for the United States and how all these pieces come together,” Clovis said. “If you understand those things, you will be able to present and convince the American people that you do have an understanding of our role in the world and our role in the world is that of an exceptional nation leading the rest of the world.”

APPS plans to conduct regional forums across the state, as well as a large presidential forum sometime in the fall. Meanwhile, APPS will organize pro-national security Iowans in the lead up to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

“Identify Iowa Caucus-goers who are with us, who believe in our principles in this organization and make sure they’re turning out on caucus night and casting a vote for those candidates that can uphold Reagan’s peace through strength philosophy and make sure Iowa does its part in sending strong pro-national security conservatives on to New Hampshire,” Matt Strawn said regarding the group’s efforts in Iowa.

Mike Rogers believes the candidates who go through this exercise will be much better prepared for the general election, as well as for the eventual winner when he or she takes over the Oval Office in January 2017.

“They’re going to take their oath and get sworn in to office and they are going to face a very hostile world,” Rogers said. “They’re not going to have four years in the first term to ignore foreign policy. Foreign policy is coming to the United States. We need somebody who is prepared and ready for that leadership. That’s what APPS is all about.”

Below is a look at the APPS national and Iowa boards:

APPS Board: 

  • Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers
  • Andy Keiser, President
  • Kevin Madden, National Advisor
  • Matt Strawn, National Advisor
  • Pat McGlone, Vice President
  • Michelle Thomas, Board of Directors
  • Bob Honold, Strategist

Iowa Advisory Board:

  • The Honorable Mike Rogers, Chairman, Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security and former Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee
  • Lt. General. Ron Dardis, former Adjutant General, Iowa National Guard (1999-2009) (Johnston)
  • Dr. Sam Clovis, retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force; 2014 Republican nominee for Iowa State Treasurer (Hinton)
  • Matt Strawn, former Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa (2009-2012) (Ankeny)
  • Adrienne Baughman, Forbs Export Services (Des Moines)
  • Judy Bissinger (Waukee)
  • Keith Caviness, Former Ottumwa City Councilman (Ottumwa)
  • Jeremy Davis, Former Ames City Councilman (Ames)
  • Andrew Dorr, Republican Leader (Urbandale)
  • Dr. Tom Gleason, M.D., USMC (ret.), (Boone)
  • Cathy Grawe (Iowa City)
  • Harlan “Bud” Hockenberg, World War II Veteran; Chairman, Grassley Committee, Inc.; Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines (West Des Moines)
  • Barb Hovland, Chairwoman, Cerro Gordo County GOP (Mason City)
  • Jon King, Conservative Leader (Guthrie Center)
  • Tracee Knapp, Chairwoman, Ringgold County GOP (Redding)
  • Jack Maples, Former Chairman, Jasper County GOP (Newton)
  • David Oman, Former Co-Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa; Finance Chairman, Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Des Moines)
  • Adam Otto, Jasper County GOP (Newton)
  • Kari Putney (Elgin)
  • Col. Al Ringgenberg (ret.),Council Bluffs City Councilman, (Council Bluffs)
  • Kayne Robinson, Former Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa (Marengo)
  • Nick Van Patten, Former Finance Chairman, Polk County GOP (Des Moines)
  • Laurence “Larry” and Irene Scherrman (Farley)
  • Rick Young, Jewell City Councilman (Jewell)

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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