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Vander Plaats walks back comments on Huckabee’s Iowa plans
Bob Vander Plaats was originally quoted by a Republican blogger as telling a crowd in Oskaloosa that Huckabee plans to visit Iowa in June to participate in The Family Leader’s “Presidential Lecture Series.” The quote was later picked up by DC-news site Politico. However, Vander Plaats now says he misspoke and that Huckabee has not formally accepted his group’s invitation.
From The Register:
Vander Plaats told The Des Moines Register today: “I probably misspoke. If Gov. Huckabee were to decide to run, he definitely wants to participate in this. As we’re trying to network our schedule, we have him slated for June, July or August, depending on who commits when. He has not committed. He’s committed to do the presidential lecture series, if he were to run.”
Vander Plaats is the former state chair of Huckabee’s successful 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign. Following the formation of the group — which is an umbrella organization that includes the Iowa Family Policy Center and Marriage Matters — Huckabee came to Iowa to keynote The Family Leader’s first fundraiser.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is participating in controversial group’s lecture series Monday. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to join the series line-up on April 11; former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on May 2; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul on May 7; and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and radio talk show host Herman Cain to join on an unspecified date.