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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Rants and Vander Plaats continue to move forward with gubernatorial campaigns

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

A Kinder, Gentler Chris Rants? This past weekend, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Rants was the guest on Iowa Press. While the show showcased a kinder, gentler Rants, the makeup of the Iowa Press table has changed since Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen left the newspaper industry for an academic setting. In his place this weekend was Cedar Rapids Gazette political reporter James Lynch. Rants’ appearance on Iowa Press showed how he has changed as a candidate. Rants said that he has spent a lot of time traveling the state and listening to activists and donors. When pressed about the decision made by the Republican caucus in January not to have him serve as their leader, Rants admitted that it hurt, that he learned from the experience, and that, had he been selected to lead House Republicans again, he wouldn't be running for governor. He also handled questions about his "attack dog" persona with ease.

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