RELEASE: 15 Campaigns Join #UnitedIowa Rally
DES MOINES – All 15 announced presidential campaigns will join the Iowa GOP at Friday’s #United Iowa event, a testament to their joint commitment to elect a Republican president in 2016.
Campaigns participating in Friday’s #UnitedIowa rally include:
Governor Bobby Jindal
Governor Jeb Bush
Senator Lindsey Graham
Dr. Ben Carson
Governor Rick Perry
Governor George Pataki
Senator Marco Rubio
Governor Chris Christie
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rick Santorum
Governor Mike Huckabee
Governor Scott Walker
“For the first time all campaigns are coming together to make it crystal clear that we are ready for 2016 and will all work together to make sure one of our candidates is elected to the White House,” Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said. “There are 481 days until the election, and we’re already laying the groundwork for success.”
Chairman Kaufmann will lead a door knock in the Cedar Rapids area following the rally. Door knocking teams will also be dispatched from the Iowa GOP’s offices in Sioux City, Des Moines, and Ottumwa.
“While tired ideas of the Democrat Party will be on full display this weekend, our Republican candidates will be represented at the Iowa GOP’s United Iowa event just a few miles away,” Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee said. “Unlike the Democrats, we have a robust field of strong, highly talented Republican candidates capable of defeating Hillary Clinton, who the American people find dishonest and untrustworthy.”
What is #UnitedIowa?
United Iowa is a coalition of Iowa Republicans who have pledged to unite and work together to elect a conservative to the White House in 2016.
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The chair of the Republican Party of Iowa called Saturday for the party to come together as one moving into caucus and election season.
Chairman Jeff Kaufmann introduced the party’s new United Iowa initiative Saturday, a day before Democrat Hillary Clinton was expected to announce her bid for the 2016 presidential nomination.
“We want to speak to some of the strengths that are here in this Hawkeye State and what exactly that means for Hillary Clinton,” Kaufmann said on the state Capitol’s lawn.
Kaufmann pointed to the number of Republican presidential hopefuls who have made their way through the state. He said that with the diversity of ideas among the candidates, Republican voters will have to listen to debates and vet each one.
“We do not coronate our nominee in the Republican Party,” Kaufmann said, referring to Clinton’s expected announcement as a coronation for the Democratic nomination.
Kaufmann stated that once the GOP selects its nominee, Republican factions will need to come together behind that candidate.
“The stakes are too high for those divisions to continue,” he said. “When we’re done, we’re going to circle the wagons and stand as one United Iowa Republican Party because the stakes are that high.”
Kaufmann said the Republican Party of Iowa has some key questions for Clinton. The biggest question he posed was about her ability to bring a fresh and vibrant perspective to politics as a longtime Washington, D.C., insider.
“We want to move forward,” Kaufmann said. “You see the youth, you see the diversity, you see the energy in our party. We want to move forward, and we believe Mrs. Clinton needs convince us of that.”
Other issues included Clinton’s transparency and stances she took on foreign policy while part of the Obama administration.
Kaufmann said Republicans will have to push Clinton for answers to these questions throughout caucus and campaign season.
“There is nothing more serious than making sure we don’t have an eight-year continuation of Obama,” Kaufmann said. “Make no bones about it, if Obama’s leading Cabinet official becomes president, we have the potential of 16 years of Obama as president.”
Party members in attendance agreed with Kaufmann that to take the election, all Iowa Republicans need to stand as one moving forward.
“I think it’s really important that the Republican Party doesn’t get too stuck with the divides it has,” Drake student Raymond Starks said, commenting on the importance of United Iowa. “People have a lot of different ideologies within the party, but yet we all have a similar vision at the end of the day. At the end of the day, no matter who the nominee is, we’re probably going to agree with him or her, and that’s who we need to get behind.”
Sherill Whisenand, co-chairman of the Republican Party of Polk County, said she believes the message of United Iowa will help patch divides among party factions.
“I don’t think it’s a big leap to figure out United Iowa is telling all our party people, ‘If it’s not your candidate in the end, you still owe it to the party to be a part of that team,’ ” Whisenand said.