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Don't mandate ethanol use
Sioux City Journal, 1/29/06
When it comes to ethanol, Bob Vander Plaats has it right. The Sioux City Republican candidate for governor on Wednesday said he doesn't support the idea of mandating ethanol use in Iowa. We don't, either.

Candidate wants business, not government, to boost ethanol use
The Globe Gazette, 1/27/06
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said Thursday that marketing, not mandating, is to key to promoting Iowa renewable energy sources.

Governor wannabe says marketing is key to ethanol use
The Globe Gazette, 1/26/06
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said Thursday that marketing, not mandating, is to key to promoting Iowa renewable energy sources.

Vander Plaats touts ‘Iowa Brand' of energy
Quad-City Times, 1/26/06
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats met with members of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s government affairs committee Wednesday to discuss a variety of issues, including his plans to better market ethanol and biodiesel.

Vander Plaats rejects ethanol mandate, seeks incentives
Sioux City Journal, 1/26/06
Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats on Wednesday rejected proposals to require all gasoline sold in the state be blended with ethanol, opting instead for incentives to bolster the number of flex-fuel vehicles running on E85, a fuel blended with 85 percent ethanol.

Vander Plaats: Ethanol incentives, no mandate
Des Moines Register, 1/25/06
Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats on Wednesday rejected proposals to require all gasoline sold in the state be blended with ethanol, opting instead for incentives to bolster the number of flex-fuel vehicles running on E85, a fuel blended with 85 percent ethanol.

Vander Plaats rejects ethanol mandate, seeks incentives
WHOtv, 1/25/06
Bob Vander Plaats is rejecting proposals to require all gasoline sold in the state be blended with ethanol.

Vander Plaats calls for ethanol incentives, not mandates
The Gazette Online, 1/25/06
Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats on Wednesday rejected proposals to require all gasoline sold in the state be blended with ethanol, opting instead or incentives to bolster the number of flex-fuel vehicles running on E85, a fuel blended with 85 percent ethanol.

Surrogates promote Vander Plaats, Nussle at Woodbury County GOP caucuses
Sioux City Journal, 1/17/06
Signs for Republican gubernatorial candidates Jim Nussle and Bob Vander Plaats adorned the walls and stage front of the North High School Auditorium Monday night, where more than 80 Republicans gathered for the 2006 precinct caucuses.

Republicans draw about 10,000 to caucuses
Des Moines Register, 1/17/06
Polk County Republicans kicked off their precinct caucuses under one very big roof Monday night with a rally that drew a relatively small crowd, despite the star power provided by some party headliners.

Woodbury County Caucuses
KTIV 4, 1/17/06
2006 means a little less attention, not as much press. But, even in an off-year, the Iowa caucuses can play a major part in state politics. Monday night, Republicans and Democrats met around the state, including in Sioux City.

Caucus appearances highlight contrast between GOP candidates for governor
Quad-City Times, 1/17/06
In a Republican race for governor billed as outsider vs. insider, two rivals for the GOP nomination stuck to the script on Iowa Caucus day.

Candidates for governor say remove TouchPlay machines
Radio Iowa, 1/11/06
Two Republicans and one of the Democrats running for governor say the new Iowa Lottery "TouchPlay" machines should be pulled from convenience stores, bars, restaurants and grocery stores. Republican candidate Bob Vander Plaats, a Sioux City business consultant, says the machines "invaded" Iowa overnight.

Vander Plaats, Nussle critical of Vilsack's vision
Sioux City Journal, 1/11/06
Where Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack saw worthy programs to advance the state, the two Republicans who want his job next year saw big government.

Candidate visits state prison
Radio Iowa, 1/10/06
A candidate for governor of Iowa has visited the state prison at Fort Madison, where two inmates escaped a month and-a-half ago. Sioux City Republican Bob Vander Plaats says he wanted to talk with people at the prison about their vision for correctional facilities in the state.

Iowa governor hopeful visits Ottumwa
KTVO 3, 1/06/06
Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is a native of Sheldon, Iowa who says Iowa needs a change. His top priority for this election is public safety calling on the state to be more proactive, and Vander Plaats says he has the experience to run the state.

Public safety tops Vander Plaats' agenda
The Hawk Eye, 1/05/06
Instead of just taking a reactive approach to public safety and security issues, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats says he wants the state to be more proactive.

Vander Plaats spoke to Inwood Kiwanis Club
West Lyon Herald, 12/07/05
Bob Vander Plaats, Republican candidate for Governor of Iowa, spoke to about 40 people at the Inwood Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Iowa’s politicians are cooking up a storm
Lee Enterprises newspapers, 12/06/05
A few Iowa politicians are threatening to give Martha Stewart a run for her culinary money. During the past month alone, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and Gov. Tom Vilsack each turned media gaggles into cooking lessons. Harkin eagerly shared his recipe for beer-braised pheasant before the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. A couple weeks later Vilsack filled reporters in on his method for roasting a perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

'Government reform is not a sexy issue'
The Communique, 12/01/05
Shortly before the start of Thanksgiving break on Nov. 22, and again seven days later, the Kirkwood College Republicans hosted two Iowa gubernatorial candidates in Congressman Jim Nussle and Bob Vander Plaats for "round-table discussions."

Vander Plaats tours Deere plant
wcfCourier, 11/03/05
With the right tools and good people, more can be accomplished with less, said Bob Vander Plaats, Republican candidate for governor after a tour Wednesday of John Deere's Tractor Assembly Plant.

Candidate urges state follow business model
The Gazette Online, 11/18/05
Bob Vander Plaats is looking for lessons for state government as he tours Iowa businesses that have succeeded by constantly challenging themselves to become more effective and efficient, to make better products and to deliver better service.

Vander Plaats, Nussle wage sharpest exchange of race
KWQC TV 6, 11/16/05
Businessman Bob Vander Plaats attacked the approach Congressman Jim Nussle is using to force a deficit reduction package in his role as head of the House Budget Committee.

Vander Plaats attacks Nussle on the budget
Des Moines Register, 11/15/05
Bob Vander Plaats took aim Tuesday at his rival in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, questioning Rep. Jim Nussle’s leadership in reducing the nation’s soaring deficit.

New Internet Poll Shows Gov. Race as Toss-Up
IowaPolitics.com, 11/10/05
The newest Zogby Internet poll, released this week, shows several of the potential 2006 matchups in next year's gov. race in a statistical dead heat.

Poll shows open race for governor
Des Moines Register, 11/09/05
Neither Democrats nor Republicans can claim an advantage in the race for Iowa governor with a year until voters decide, according to a poll published Tuesday.

Vander Plaats, Nussle differ on abortion issue
Des Moines Register, 11/04/05
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats says he would require teenage victims of rape and incest to get parental consent before having an abortion.

Vander Plaats wants to increase private investment in state's economy
Southwest Iowa News Online, 10/29/05
Bob Vander Plaats, a Republican candidate for governor, said he wants to improve the business climate in Iowa and increase private investment in economic development.

Republicans gather to meet their candidates
Iowa City Press-Citizen, 10/24/05
More than 60 area Republicans could consider which candidate would best be able to take on Democrats during a GOP event Sunday.

Locals hear GOP hopefuls
Daily Iowan, 10/24/05
Gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, speaking without the aid of a microphone, vowed on Sunday to improve the economy, health care, and public education while emphasizing Iowa's need for new leadership.

Vander Plaats visits Atlantic
Atlantic News Telegraph, 10/24/05
Iowa Republicans need a fresh face if they are going to win the 2006 governor’s race, Bob Vander Plaats said Sunday.

Vander Plaats says fresh face GOP needs is his
The Gazette Online, 10/24/05
Iowa Republicans need a fresh face if they are going to win the 2006 governor’s race, Bob Vander Plaats said Sunday.

KUNI Election Coverage (1.27 MB mp3)
KUNI Public Radio
U.S. Congressman Jim Nussle and Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Platts continue to define and clarify their vision for Iowa.

Also includes KUNI Bob Vander Plaats & Jim Nussle Speech/QA audio transcripts.

Special Thanks to KUNI Public Radio   KUNI Public Radio  for the permission to use these audio transcripts.

Vander Plaats wants more local control in Iowa school
Sioux City Journal, 10/24/05
State and federal officials should turn more decisions and control back to local schools, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats told a civic group in Des Moines Friday.

Vander Plaats: Be leaders first
The Gazette Online, 10/19/05
Bob Vander Plaats earned high marks with teenage drivers but might not have scored as well on other issues when he took questions from Center Point-Urbana High School students Tuesday.

Governor's Poll
WHOtv, 10/13/05
Which party will take control of the Iowa governor's mansion next year? Republicans. And Chet Culver, a democrat who hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, is the strongest contender for his party's nomination.

Republican rivals tout views
The Messenger, 10/09/05
U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle described his plans for making Iowa a better choice for more people during an appearance in Webster County Sunday evening, while his opponent for the Republican nod for governor, Bob Vander Plaats, declared that the state needs his brand of leadership.

Gubernatorial candidates outline tax plans
Sioux City Journal, 10/09/05
Iowa gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle rolled out his tax plan Saturday, vowing to eliminate the income tax on Social Security and pensions and slow the growth of property taxes for businesses.

Forum lets GOP rivals tell how they differ
Des Moines Register, 10/09/05
At a taxpayer group's event, gubernatorial candidates Jim Nussle and Bob Vander Plaats discuss taxes, budgets.

Nussle, Vander Plaats promise tax cuts
The Globe Gazette, 10/09/05
U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, who is running for governor, rolled out his tax plan Saturday, vowing to eliminate the income tax on Social Security and pensions and slow the growth of property taxes for businesses.

Two GOP candidates take gloves off in weekend appearance
Radio Iowa, 10/09/05
The two Republican candidates for governor spoke at this weekend's Iowans for Tax Relief annual meeting, and made it clear the gloves are off and the campaign's in full swing.

Vander Plaats makes Davenport campaign stop
Quad-City Times, 9/29/05
Republican Bob Vander Plaats said Wednesday in Davenport that it would be a mistake for the Republican Party to nominate a congressman to run for governor at a time when the public’s opinion of the federal government is low.

Vander Plaats: Flat tax better to fund schools
Des Moines Register, 9/24/05
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats on Friday proposed financing schools with an overhauled state income tax, lifting a billion-dollar burden from local property taxes.

Vander Plaats: GOP needs ‘fresh face' as governor candidate
The Globe Gazette, 9/24/05
Republican governor candidate Bob Vander Plaats said Friday his party needs a “fresh face” as its nominee for the office next year, someone without a political record that Democrats can attack.

Nussle tours organization Vander Plaats formerly led
Sioux City Journal, 9/20/05
Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle came to Sioux City Monday and made an eye-opening choice for his gubernatorial campaign stop -- the organization formerly led by fellow Republican gubernatorial opponent Bob Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats tailgates with fans, raises funds
Iowa State Daily, 9/12/05
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats joined the ISU College Republicans in the Jack Trice Stadium parking lot before Saturday's football game to raise donations for a Hurricane Katrina charity benefit and to discuss concerns with increasing tuition.

The day that changed America
The Messenger, 9/12/05
On a sunny September morning four years ago, a lengthy government lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. and the potential return of Michael Jordan to the basketball courts seemed like the pressing issues of the day.

Vander Plaats favors flat tax for all
Sioux City Journal, 9/02/05
Republican candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats said Thursday he favors creating a simplified 5 percent "flat" income tax paid by all Iowa workers, including low-income earners.

Vander Plaats: Leadership beats politics as usual
The Messenger, 8/31/05
The candidates’ signs decorating the walls of a large room at the Twin Lakes Christian Center left no doubt that the gathering there Tuesday evening was a political one.

Values Fund doesn't get high marks from candidates
Daily Gate City, 8/30/05
Iowa's economic development centerpiece, the Iowa Values Fund, drew little support from three gubernatorial candidates in Ames Saturday.

Gubernatorial candidates split on Legislature overhaul
Sioux City Journal, 8/29/05
A bipartisan trio of declared candidates for governor split Saturday over how to remake state government, but joined together to criticize the Iowa Values Fund economic development program.

Gubernatorial candidates stress economic growth within Iowa
Iowa State Daily, 8/29/05
With the election more than a year away, three Iowa governor candidates outlined their stances on key issues at an Associated Press panel discussion held in the gallery of the Memorial Union on Saturday morning.

GOP event draws governor hopefuls
MPNEWS.net, 8/19/05
Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City and a spokesman for Congressman Jim Nussle were drawn to Thursday night's annual Republican Hog Roast to talk to party faithful about "retaking Terrace Hill."

Vander Plaats camp names Ritter chair
The Hawk Eye, 8/10/05
Pauline Ritter of West Point will serve as the Lee County chairwoman for the Bob Vander Plaats for Governor campaign.

Vander Plaats addresses county GOP
Times Republican, 8/12/05
Bob Vander Plaats, a Republican from Sioux City, made his case to those in the county as to why he should be governor at an event this past weekend.

Bruner leading Linn campaign - Governor hopeful chooses C.R. woman
The Globe Gazette, 8/11/05
Nancy Bruner of Cedar Rapids has been named Linn County chairwoman for Bob Vander Plaats' campaign for governor.

Lee County and state Republicans outline current issues and strategies
Fort Madison Daily Democrat, 8/15/05
The Lee County Republicans held their annual hog roast Saturday night at the home of Ralph and Pauline Ritter, near West Point. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the night was the arrival of both Republican candidates for governor of Iowa in 2006, Jim Nussle and Bob Vander Plaats.

Republicans making up minds quickly in governor's race
The Globe Gazette, 7/07/05
Iowa Republicans are in such a hurry to win back the governor's office that it's shortening the window of opportunity for candidates to make their case, says GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats pays visit
The Hawk Eye, 7/31/05
Republican Bob Vander Plaats shook hands, chatted with locals and answered questions Saturday afternoon at the Des Moines County Fair. Vander Plaats, a native of Sheldon in northwest Iowa, is running for governor of Iowa in 2006.

R.D.P.I.O.P. Wholeheartedly Endorses Bob Vander Plaats
R.D.P.I.O.P., 7/28/05
Republicans and Democrats for Positive and Issue Oriented Politics is proud to endorse Republican candidate Bob Vander Plaats.  When elected, we believe that he will nobly represent the state of Iowa, while becoming an esteemed governor.

GOP candidate wants crackdown on illegal alien hiring
Radio Iowa, 7/25/05
Bob Vander Plaats, a Republican candidate for governor, says it's time for a state crack-down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants."We need to hold corporations responsible with stiff fines as well as making it public that these are the corporations that are (bringing) illegal immigrants into the state of Iowa," Vander Plaats says.

Vander Plaats proposes flat tax
Radio Iowa, 7/22/05
Bob Vander Plaats, a Republican candidate for governor, says he'll work to simplify Iowa's income taxes if he's elected. "We have too complicated and too complex (an) income tax system," Vander Plaats says.

Republican GOP candidate says he has specific ideas
Radio Iowa, 7/18/05
Bob Vander Plaats, a Republican candidate for governor, says Iowans are "clamoring" for specifics. Vander Plaats' GOP rival, Jim Nussle, said recently he's in the listening stage of his campaign and with nearly a year to go before the Republican primary election, it's too soon to talk about specific proposals. Vander Plaats disagrees.

Vander Plaats Stumps in Mason City
KIMT 3, 7/14/05
Bob Vander Plaats is kicking off his campaign with several major campaign stops across the state.

Vander Plaats campaigns for governor
Decorah Newspapers, 7/25/05
During a whirlwind tour of Northeast Iowa Thursday, Republican candidate for Governor Bob Vander Plaats, made a quick stop in Decorah to spread his message.

Vander Plaats campaign visits Pella
The Chronicle, 7/15/05
Republican governor candidate Bob Vander Plaats came to Thursdays in Pella last week to meet with area citizens and discuss issues from farming to education and the economy.

GOP foe prods Nussle on Social Security
The Globe Gazette, 6/27/05
In the war of words over Social Security, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Jim Nussle is under attack from the left and, now, the right.

Vander Plaats favors state school control
The Globe Gazette, 6/10/05
Republican candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats would like to tell the federal government to leave Iowa schools alone.

Values fund likely topic in gubernatorial race
The Globe Gazette, 6/09/05
The debate over the Iowa Values Fund won't go away, even after Gov. Tom Vilsack signs a 10-year, $700 million renewal of the economic development program into law this afternoon.

Social Security group plans to put pressure on Nussle
Des Moines Register, 6/22/05
Members of a liberal group opposed to Social Security personal accounts said Tuesday they plan to put some heat on Republican Rep. Jim Nussle of Iowa as he seeks his party's nomination for governor.

Restoration of offenders voting rights
Des Moines Register, 7/04/05
Gov. Tom Vilsack's new policy to routinely restore the voting rights of felons upon completion of their sentences is not cast in stone. The next governor elected in 2006 could change the policy.

Vander Plaats speaks at Ames fundraiser
TheTribune, 6/27/05
Sioux City Republican Bob Vander Plaats took more steps to distance himself from fellow gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle Saturday at fundraiser for the Story County Republicans.

Candidates believe they have answers
The Hawk Eye, 6/12/05
Two Republican contenders for the governor's seat aren't wasting any time letting voters know where they stand on the issues and how they'd like to see Iowa move forward. At two separate events Saturday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R Iowa, and Iowa businessman Bob Vander Plaats pushed their ideas to potential voters.

Activist vows fight against gambling's growth
Des Moines Register, 6/15/05
A national anti-gambling leader, who quipped he was fighting "behind enemy lines" Tuesday, told Iowans they can win a battle against the growth of the state's powerful gambling industry.

Right guy for guv
The Hawk Eye, 5/27/05
For the past five months Bob Vander Plaats has been running a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Iowa. Bob is exactly what we need in the governor's office.

Vander Plaats calls Vilsack to the Principal's Office
Sioux City, 5/15/05
Sorry, Mr. Vilsack, if parents must report to the principal's office for being "obstacles" to the educational success of their children, then I suggest that they save a seat for you. Educating Iowa's children is a team effort, with every member of the team shouldering its share of the responsibility. Successful teams do not point fingers, but are focused on earning the trust of their teammates and working together to overcome challenges.

Statehouse ceremony features national Day of Prayer speech
Radio Iowa, 5/5/05
Keynote speaker Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City, a G-O-P candidate for governor, says the country needs the touchstones of religion and morality. "And that begins with you and me committing ourselves on this day, the National Day of Prayer, to go to our knees not as a sign of weakness, but go to our knees as a source of power," Vander Plaats said.

Republicans looking at future
Iowa State Daily, 4/25/05
There was not a hand in the room that Bob Vander Plaats did not shake. Nor was there a wasted moment for the only Republican to officially declare his intention for the governor's seat. Vander Plaats spoke Saturday at an ISU College Republicans dinner.

Vander Plaats offers fresh perspective as governor
Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, 5/05
Sheldon native and Republican contender for governor, Bob Vander Plaats enthusiastically offered up his resume Tuesday to Storm Lake Rotarians and guests.

Vander Plaats promises 'up-front' campaign
Quad-City Times, 4/28/05
Republican candidate for Iowa governor Bob Vander Plaats said Wednesday that his method of rolling out his campaign contrasts with prospective opponent U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

GOP Hopeful visits Storm Lake - Vander Plaats says Iowa needs Leadership
Storm Lake Times, 3/30/05
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City held forth with a roomful of Rotarians Tuesday noon at Lakeshore Café. The candidate made it clear that he has no record. (My parents are proud of that, he quipped.)

Vander Plaats’ stock goes up
The N’West Iowa Review, 3/05
Des Moines lawyer Doug Gross, cast as the front-runner in the upcoming race for the gubernatorial nomination, announced this week that he wouldn’t enter the 2006 race.

'Nonpolitician' Vander Plaats hits the gubernatorial road
The Daily Iowan, 3/07/05
Bob Vander Plaats stood in the back of the Iowa City Moose Lodge, shuffling his feet as he read and reread his talking points before stuffing the paper into his coat pocket.

Politics - Driving for a 'slam-dunk'
Des Moines Register, 2/20/05
The youthful enthusiasm is the same. So are the trim build and an oratorical style that is part motivational speaker, part evangelical preacher and part high school basketball coach.

Vander Plaats to hold forum in Le Mars
Sioux City Journal, 2/18/05
The Vander Plaats for Governor campaign will have its first Economic Development Committee Summit today at Harker's Distribution training facility in Le Mars.

Vander Plaats takes early lead in money race
Des Moines Register, 1/21/05
Sioux City Republican Bob Vander Plaats raised almost $350,000 last year for a second run for governor, the most among any potential candidate for 2006, according to state reports filed Wednesday.

Vander Plaats says campaign shows financial strength
Sioux City Journal, 1/17/05
Sioux City Republican Bob Vander Plaats raised almost $350,000 last year for a second run for governor, the most among any potential candidate for 2006, according to state reports filed Wednesday.

Jockeying already under way in Iowa gubernatorial race
Quad-City Times, 1/4/05
Bob Vander Plaats, the Sioux City businessman who finished third in the Republican primary for Iowa governor in 2002 and plans to run again next year, has joined forces with one of his old rivals.

Governor’s race begins
The Globe Gazette, 12/7/04
Sukup, who also ran for governor in 2002, said the state needs a professional to manage its finances through tough times. He talked about why he supports Vander Plaats over other Republicans thought to be interested in running for governor.

Yepsen: GOP governor's race: Three-way primary fight
Des Moines Register, 12/07/04
Vander Plaats was an unknown who came out of nowhere to run a credible, if losing, primary race for governor in 2002. He's an attractive candidate with no legislative or congressional voting record to attack.

Quiet campaign for governor starts
Des Moines Register, 11/28/04
Iowa Republicans, encouraged by the state's first winning GOP presidential ticket in 20 years, have quietly begun a campaign to retake the governor's mansion in 2006.

Vander Plaats says he'll run for governor
Quad-City Times, 11/25/04
Bob Vander Plaats, who finished second the Republican primary for governor in 2002 has announced that he's gearing up for another run 2006.

Citing great organization in place, Vander Plaats running for Iowa governor again
Sioux City Journal, 11/24/04
Vander Plaats said he isn't concerned about other Republicans he could face in a primary…"I think it is a mistake to get overly concerned about others who might get in," Vander Plaats said. "For me, I have to believe this is a call laid on my heart. I need to believe passionately that I can provide the leadership for the state of Iowa in the way that it needs to be led, and I need to believe that I have the people with me to make it happen."