GOP DEBATE: Three Senate Hopefuls Weigh In On Issues

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The 2014 Iowa republican primary is less than two months away.

US Senate candidates made their pitch to young voters in Des Moines Wednesday evening.

Five republicans are running for a spot on the ballot opposite Democrat Bruce Braley. However, only three of them took part in tonight’s debate at Grand View University.

State Senator Joni Ernst and businessman Mark Jacobs both declined to take part in the event. The Polk County GOP also pulled its sponsorship from the debate.

The three remaining challengers, Radio host Sam Clovis, businessman Scott Schaben and former US attorney Matt Whitaker were in attendance.

The men answered questions on topics including same sex marriage, foreign aid, abortion and the Affordable Care Act. They also weighed in on what they say needs to happen to the nation’s tax system.

“I think the 16th Amendment ought to be repealed,” Sam Clovis said. “If we repeal the 16th Amendment we get rid of the IRS. Now this has long-term ramifications. I am a fair tax guy, I believe in a fair tax and national sales tax with all of the structures that are appropriate to that.”

Scott Schaben added, “Our tax code does needs to be made simpler. We need to close loopholes. We’ve got to figure when any time there is a loophole, why is there a loophole, who is the special interest and what are they benefitting and what’s the true benefit of it.”

“I would support a fair tax under one condition and that is you guarantee to me that the federal government doesn’t have just another vein to tap into and tax you more,” Matt Whitaker argued. “Because this federal government throughout the course of this nation’s history has continued to ask for more. Today, at local, state and national level our tax burden is the highest it’s been in our nation’s history.”

The Republican primary will take place on June 3rd.


  • concealedkerry

    Two of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination to run for the vacant US Senate Seat IA seem to have disappeared. They seem to prefer to run on the air waves, spending big bucks telling us what they intend, rather than listening and taking questions from prospective constituents in the many forums and debates being put on by concerned young people. While this may be a cute strategy it would be an absolute tragedy to send one of these unvetted, absentee candidates to face the Democrat machine and their liberal propaganda wing this fall. What do Jacobs and Ernst have to hide and if they are hiding from their constituents now how can we expect them to stand up to the Republican Party power brokers and lobbyists in DC in the unlikely event that they were able to beat Bigger Bucks Bruce Braley? Sam Clovis does not run, he does not hide, he’s right out front taking questions and visiting every corner of the state! We have an unvetted POTUS! Iowa can do better than an unvetted Senator!

  • John

    I wounder why the iowa GOP pulled itself away from event. Which is why the 2 front runners did not attend. All I see on that stage is tea party and the familyvalues vanderplat cronies. I was a republican before the takeover and will not go back while they hold the reins. The Iowa GOP is so far right they cannot see center. Just like the Iowa DNC is so left it has the same problem.

  • William Denison

    What Republicans need to worry about is where the buck stops. The rest of those in the state GOP are merely pigeons pecking at the ground at rocks hoping to find a breadcrumb or seed.

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