Why Bob Vander Plaats chose Cruz over Trump, Rubio, Carson

by Jennifer Jacobs  |  published on December 11, 2015

Ted Cruz nailed an endorsement from a well-known Christian conservative newsmaker Thursday, one more step toward locking up the influential evangelical conservative voting bloc in Iowa.

“At the end of the day, we truly believe that Ted Cruz is the most consistent and principled conservative who has the ability to not only win Iowa but I believe to win the (Republican) nomination,” Bob Vander Plaats, the president of the Family Leader, told The Des Moines Register in an interview Wednesday.

It’s a triumph for Cruz, a Texas U.S. senator whose stances on abortion, same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, religious liberty and foreign affairs align with the most hardline conservatives in Iowa — the voters who are expected to dominate the first-in-the-nation presidential vote on Feb. 1.

  • I Seigel

    While Cruz was in NYC speaking to donors and getting this endorsement, he missed a rather important committee meeting in the Senate. The Chairman of the JCS and the Secretary of Defense were conducting a briefing on ISIS strategy and how to defeat them. Too bad Cruz was out groveling for handouts rather than discussing his carpet-bombing strategy with the real experts.

    By the way, America has NEVER conducted “carpet-bombing” and has no plans to ever do so. If you think ISIS was pissed off at Russia and France for bombing Syria and so conducted revenge attacks, think of how pissed off at the US they’ll be if we start killing civilians as “collateral damage”.

  • KDC

    Cruz is a good Christian man, but Trump is resonating with the people’s hearts and minds. We need all that Trump professes.

  • dmttbt

    He chose Cruz because he believes that Cruz can do something about all the things they share approval or disapproval of. Then why hasn’t Cruz done it? Why is it that when we hear the name Ted Cruz, that we don’t automatically say, yes the guy who is against the open border and abortion. We could also add he was shocked at Trumps call to ban all Muslims from coming to the United states until we find a way to vet them. Why is that Mr. Cruz? Why didn’t you throw your approval in when Trump did that? I do know what Trump is for and being a politician Mr. Cruz I am not so sure about you.

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