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Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'


In an interview you will only see on The Brody File, influential Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader organization says that Sen. Ted Cruz, “is a liberal’s worst nightmare.”

He goes on to say that Cruz has unlimited potential to energize the GOP base.

“I haven’t seen anything like it for a long time, probably ever,” Vander Plaats tells The Brody File.

Cruz, along with Rick Santorum and Donald Trump will headline the big Family Leader event on Saturday in Iowa.

Vander Plaats, who is well liked and respected by Iowa’s evangelical community, played a huge role in helping determine Iowa’s Republican Caucus winner in 2008 and 2012. He endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012.

Watch the video below with a partial transcription from the interview.

Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

Bob Vander Plaats: I haven’t seen anything like it for a long time, probably ever.... He combines a lot of qualities of a lot of people into one package.... I believe he is a liberal’s worst nightmare.

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# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is " A Liberal's Worst Nightmare"

Cruz was born in Canada. He is not constitutionally eligible to be President.
Left by John Giles on Aug 09, 2013 11:51 AM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is " A Liberal's Worst Nightmare"

"Vander Plaats, who is well liked and respected by Iowa’s evangelical community, played a huge role in helping determine Iowa’s Republican Caucus winner in 2008 and 2012. He endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012."

The quote above speaks to the central issue with Bob Vander Plaats's perceived self-importance in the political process. Yes, he is well liked by the Evangelical community, but the lack of any widespread success for his past endorsed candidates speaks to the fact that his views are far out of the mainstream, so his opinion has very limited value.
Left by Jim on Aug 09, 2013 11:57 AM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Mr. Vanderplaats is not a credible source. He represents the "pay to play" group in the Iowa Straw Poll and Caucus process. He is only one among others like Sen Kent Sorenson who is under investigation for violating Senate Rule 6 or Steve Scheffler (Faith & Family Coalition) who destroyed Christian Scorecards before the Caucus because the scores strongly favored Michele Bachmann. Sadly, there are few to interview. One cannot mention Vanderplaats without asking the question - how much is he asking from Sen Cruz? Sad, but true.

Left by Sorensonresignnow on Aug 09, 2013 12:26 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

re: Ted Cruz' birthplace, his mother is/was a US citizen at the time of his birth. I thought that this would make him a US citizen also. I think that legal precedent will confirm this although this issue has never been specifically addressed from a legal standpoint.
Check: The Naturalization Act of 1790, states clearly that children born of a US citizen is a citizen even if born outside the boundaries of the United States.
Left by Jack on Aug 09, 2013 12:36 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

"[Cruz] is not constitutionally eligible to be President."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/19/cruz-eligible-presidential-run/

Key graphs:

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Cruz was born in Calgary, and his father is from Cuba. But the Republican senator’s mother is from the first state of Delaware, which appears to settle the issue. . . .

The 14-page report by the non-partisan office’s legislative attorney Jack Maskell essentially states the Constitution sets out three eligibility requirements to be president: one must be at least 35, a resident within the United States for 14 years and a “natural born citizen.”

The report states "the weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that 'natural born citizen' means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship 'at birth' or 'by birth,' including … those born abroad of one citizen parent who has met U.S. residency requirements."

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Left by SierraFaith on Aug 09, 2013 12:37 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Ted Cruz is out for one thing, and that's Ted Cruz. Liberals are salivating over the prospect of Cruz leading the Republican Party down a blind alley. How many losers does Vander Plaats have to back before reality sets in? Ted Cruz means 8 years of Hillary.
Left by JV on Aug 09, 2013 12:43 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Ah, JV, 'You WISH' that would be the case!!!!!!! As of now, I'd agree with the good Pastor!
Left by apricered on Aug 09, 2013 1:09 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

I must admit, I'm suddenly very invested in Cruz.
Rubio held such promise until he gained 2500 pounds and sprouted a horn on his nose.
Cruz seems to be for real through and through and he doesn't soft pedal hard realities. I hope that's not a liability.
Current favorite for 2016... Cruz!

Left by damnyanqui on Aug 09, 2013 2:10 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

JV... that is because all the moderate Republicans have done so well in the last couple of elections?

Left by djltx on Aug 09, 2013 2:34 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

What difference does it make where Cruz was born and who his parents were? We have a "president" who's copy of his birth certificate has been examined by many experts who have found it to be a poorly done forgery. So until we actually start caring about our constistution and what it says instead of ignoring it like this administration has done (IRS, NSA ring a bell?)over the past several years what difference does it make???
Left by Cecil on Aug 09, 2013 2:57 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

I couldn't possibly care who will run. Obama is bankrupting the country. Obamacare will destroy the economy. The Federal Reserve is creating $80 billion a month out of thin air. It's only a matter of time before we have hyperinflation like Germany had in the 1920s. God is going to punish America for the murder of 50+ million unborn children. It's not going to be pretty.
Left by Bill S on Aug 09, 2013 3:40 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

"'Cruz was born in Canada. He is not constitutionally eligible to be President.' ----- Left by John Giles on Aug 09, 2013 11:51 AM"

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You're wrong. Cruz's mother was an American citizen. Thus, he's eligible.

If he's not, then we must forcibly remove his-mother-was-an-American Barack Obama from the White House. Today.
Left by Mann D. Lifeboats on Aug 09, 2013 4:28 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

You are all masonic agents at "CBN", you lying con artists.
Left by BisB on Aug 09, 2013 4:38 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Hey SierraFaith, If an American mother is all that's required, (which may be true) why have the Tea Party birthers been on Pres. Obama's case for years now. Saying that his Presidency is not legitimate and that he must resign because he was born in Kenya? (without proof) There's no question that his mother was an American citizen from Kansas. His father wasn't an American, but neither was Sen. Cruz's, when he was born. Wouldn't strong Tea Party support for Sen. Cruz look hypocritical? Birthplace is an issue for a Democrat, but not for a Republican.
Left by WWJSay on Aug 09, 2013 4:40 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Sorry. I'm as conservative as they get and I will not vote for a Canadian for President.
Left by The Carter II on Aug 09, 2013 5:01 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Backing both Huckabee and Santorum shows that he has absolutely no idea what a conservative is. These two are "moderate" Republicans which continue to lose elections and support. The only hope for the Republican Party is to return to it's conservative roots. I do not know enough about Cruz to comment.
Left by scottae316 on Aug 09, 2013 5:13 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Cruz is a liberals fondest dream. Nominate this wild man or someone like Paul and guarantee that Hillary has a minimum of four years.
Left by Cato08 on Aug 09, 2013 6:22 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Those who do not think he is eligible do not know the Constitution. They think that "being born here" is the requirement. That is a native born citizen under the 14th Amendment. The Native Born requirement under the parameters of 1790, natural born required the child of a US Citizen. The fact that he was born in Canada is irrelevant. The parents had no intention of "staying" in Canada permanently, therefore automatic US Citizenship was conferred on him by his mother. You can bet your life if Cruz is a candidate, the media will raise this issue. I hope they do, because we can then go over Obama's eligibility. That little can of worms could invalidate EVERY law he signed.
Left by Joel Weymouth on Aug 09, 2013 10:44 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Ted Cruz is the best and most ardent true Reagan Constitutional Conservative, whom has not only the highest of qualifications to be President, but has absolutely no fear of the left.

This is exactly what and who we need in the Nation today, and I truly hope he runs for, and is selected as the Republican party Presidential Nominee in 2016.

Ted Cruz is what& who we must have-a real Reagan Conservative at the helm of the nation, to completely dismantle Obama's socialist marxist, racial (in)justice govt tyranny regime laws, policies, regulations, and bureaucratic govt agency infrastructure, just as President Reagan try to do.

And one more thing-

This post- "Cruz was born in Canada. He is not constitutionally eligible to be President" by John Giles- This is absolute tripe, a lie- it's disinformation, because it's false, erroneous.

I was born overseas to a US citizen- my father, who served in the US Military at the time, for which I have a US Birth certificate stating as such.
Left by ReaganConservative on Aug 10, 2013 3:57 AM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Cruz i9s exactly what the Republican party needs. I won't support the RNC because of John McCain, Lindsey Graham,and that ilk. I certainly wouldn't vote for Chris Christie. I am sick of progressive Republicans trying to force their agenda and lack of principals on the rest of us.
Left by jane on Aug 10, 2013 1:06 PM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Henry Kissinger stated in 2009 that Obama is being groomed to head the World Order. Do you really believe this Order will every allow a Republican president again? I think not. It's over. Enjoy living every day now. We are headed for WWIII and Jesus return. I can't wait!
Left by Buckeye on Aug 11, 2013 4:54 AM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

Cruz's birthplace does not affect his eligibility to serve as Presdient, as long as he was born with an American citizen birthright (his mom was a U.S. citizen), and he's lived here in the U.S. for the requisite period of time. With that said, I do not believe Americans are willing to elect a President who is as far to the political right as Ted Cruz. John McCain was their party's best choice in recent memory, but his choice of a far-right VP sunk his campaign in 2008, allowing a progressive Democrat to wine two terms. In 2016, it is likely that history will repeat itself, allowing Hillary Clinton to win the White House.
Left by InChrist on Aug 11, 2013 10:07 AM

# RE: Iowa Evangelical Leader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Liberal's Worst Nightmare'

I do not trust Donald Trump!
Left by Susan on Aug 11, 2013 12:43 PM