Vander Plaats for Governor

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We called it a “Republican Roundup” on my Internet radio show “Purple Matters” (that’s a lot of “quotation marks” in one sentence, huh?) We had six possible candidates for the Republican nomination for governor next year in Iowa. Sioux City Rep. Chris Rants, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats, Carroll Rep. Rod Roberts, Cedar Rapids economist Christian Fong, Boone Senator Jerry Behn and Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey all joined us. Chariton Senator Paul McKinley, Ankeny businessman Jeff Lamberti and Western Iowa Congress Steve King all cited scheduling conflicts, so they couldn’t take part.

What did we find out?

Bob Vander Plaats–ALL IN, except for official announcement. Team VP doesn’t look at this campaign (his third for governor) as a “third time is a charm”. He said the other two runs showed he was right. VP said he will wait until the end of the summer or early fall to announce his run. The only thing that will stop him from running, he said, would be health problems in someone in his family.

He talked to us from Fort Dodge, where he just finished an interview with the Fort Dodge Messenger.

Here is the full interview on “Purple Matters” on