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What About Bob?

Vander Plaats will consider race.

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Sept. 16, 2013, 7:29 a.m.

Con­ser­vat­ive act­iv­ist Bob Vander Plaats (R) will con­sider a Sen­ate run, per spokes­per­son Dave Barnett. Barnett: “He would con­sider look­ing at it in the middle of Oc­to­ber, and de­cide by the end of the year.” Vander Plaats “has sought statewide of­fice be­fore.” He ran in the GOP gubernat­ori­al primar­ies in 2002, 2006 and 2010. “Vander Plaats emerged as an im­port­ant statewide fig­ure in part for his role in Mike Hucka­bee’s 2008 vic­tory in the state, and then led a suc­cess­ful re­call of judges who had backed mar­riage equal­ity in Iowa.” (BuzzFeed)

IN BRA­LEY’S CORNER. Vice Pres­id­ent Biden “called on Demo­crats to sup­port” Rep. Bruce Bra­ley’s (D) can­did­acy, “warn­ing of threats to the party’s achieve­ments if Re­pub­lic­ans gain con­trol of the cham­ber.” Biden made his re­marks at a fun­drais­ing re­cep­tion pri­or to Sen. Tom Har­kin’s (D) an­nu­al Steam Fry. Biden: “Un­less we can main­tain this seat, un­less we can be­gin to break down the ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, everything you have fought for for the last six years and bey­ond is in jeop­ardy. … This is now a party where the tail is wag­ging the dog, where Ted Cruz is run­ning the show, a fresh­man, in terms of the ideas of the party.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

GIF­FORDS COM­ING. Former Rep. Gab­ri­elle Gif­fords (D-AZ) “will head­line a fun­draiser” for Bra­ley’s cam­paign. She and her hus­band, re­tired as­tro­naut Mark Kelly, will talk at Bra­ley’s an­nu­al “Bruce, Blues, and BBQ” fun­draiser on Oct. 27 in Des Moines. Since the at­tack that badly wounded her, “Gif­fords has ad­voc­ated for gun con­trol le­gis­la­tion. Over the sum­mer, Gif­fords and Kelly toured sev­en states seek­ing sup­port for fed­er­al le­gis­la­tion that would ex­pand back­ground checks on gun pur­chases. Bra­ley and Gif­fords both were elec­ted to Con­gress in 2006 and be­came friends. Earli­er this year, Bra­ley gave Gif­fords his guest tick­et for the State of the Uni­on Ad­dress so she could bring more fam­ily mem­bers to the event.” (AP)
— Ju­lie So­bel

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