With the Iowa caucuses on the horizon, former President Donald Trump maintains a substantial lead over other Republican presidential contenders.
However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign is strategically aiming to secure the backing of Iowa evangelicals, a pivotal group among GOP caucusgoers, in a bid to clinch victory in the caucuses.
This tactic gained momentum on Tuesday when Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of the Family Leader, a conservative Christian political organization, officially endorsed DeSantis for president during an appearance on the Bret Baier show on Fox News.
Vander Plaats, a highly influential evangelical leader, explained that his endorsement was driven by his belief that DeSantis could emerge victorious in the 2024 general election.
During the Family Leader’s Thanksgiving Presidential Forum on November 17, where candidates such as DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy shared their personal beliefs and policy proposals, Vander Plaats questioned them on how they would bring moral leadership and “civility” to the White House.
Vander Plaats has historically played a crucial role in the Iowa Republican caucuses, endorsing eventual winners like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2016, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in 2012, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008. Despite past success in the caucuses, these candidates did not secure the Republican presidential nomination.
In the upcoming 2024 race, Vander Plaats sees Iowa’s role as challenging the perception that Trump’s nomination is inevitable.
While Trump consistently leads in national and Iowa polls, with 43% of likely Republican caucusgoers favoring him in the October Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll, Vander Plaats highlights the concern among Iowa evangelicals about ensuring a Republican victory in the presidential race.
Many express gratitude for Trump’s past administration but are seeking an alternative due to apprehensions about his chances in a rematch against President Joe Biden in 2024. Vander Plaats envisions Iowa offering Americans a choice by potentially disrupting Trump’s assumed nomination, emphasizing the state’s crucial role in shaping the narrative for the 2024 Republican nomination. Read Full Article Here: