Sam Clovis for U.S. Senate


After careful consideration, my wife and I have decided to enthusiastically endorse Sam Clovis for the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Iowa.

When Sam Clovis first entered the race last year, he personally reached out to me for my support. But like many other Iowa conservatives, I needed more time to get to know him and the rest of the candidates better.

Once Amy and I set out to find the right person to publicly endorse, we listed two primary criteria we were looking for. We sent each of our three finalists a letter seeking clarification on those matters. You can read that letter here.

First, they had to be pro-life. Not phony pro-life, but real pro-life, and “pro-life with exceptions” isn’t really pro-life. That’s really just “pro-choice with fewer choices.” Either all life is sacred and made in the image of God or it is not. Plus, if you’re really pro-life how do you plan on acting on that which you say you believe? Faith without works is dead, so you must have action steps to truly demonstrate you mean what you say. We chose life as the defining issue because history shows if you won’t protect the God-given right to life, you’re unlikely to protect any of our other God-given rights.

Second, we were attempting to discern which of our finalists was most likely to join Ted Cruz and Mike Lee as “wacko birds,” by challenging the cronyism and anti-constitutional conspiring that has corrupted the U.S. Senate.

After vetting our three finalists as closely as we could, Amy and I firmly believe Sam Clovis is our best shot at sending someone from Iowa to defend and uphold American Exceptionalism in the U.S. Senate.

We compared our three finalists’ answers, and we invite you to do the same. You can read Sam Clovis’ response to our letter here. You can read our other two finalists’ responses here and here and compare them to Sam’s. We believe you’ll come to the same conclusion we did if you do. That Sam Clovis’ depth of knowledge, attention to detail, and life experience has best prepared him to navigate the morally murky waters of the U.S. Senate, without selling his soul in the process.

We compared Sam Clovis to our other two finalists in the recent debates, and it was obvious he was the most prepared to actually govern and had actually seriously considered the tremendous challenges we face now and in the future.

We saw that Sam Clovis was the only candidate the Iowa Democrat Party was attacking. Don’t we want to send people to Washington, D.C. that gives the very people we oppose heartburn? If you’re not a threat to our opponents, then you’re no threat to the ruling class that is threatening our liberty.

We realized Sam Clovis was the only candidate who publicly did everything he could to assist Iowa’s historic judicial retention election of 2010, which in our opinion is the most important election we’ve ever been a part of. We believe those opposed to liberty have gotten away with using activist judges to impose their edicts upon our freedoms and morality for too long, and there is no hope of returning to the vision of our Founding Fathers without restoring the rule of law, separation of powers, and the sovereign will of the people as our Founding Fathers intended.

Finally, we learned those working and volunteering for Sam Clovis’ campaign are some of the most devoted patriots and principled conservatives we know in Iowa politics. He’s the only candidate in the race who has never had at least one associate advising him whose judgment we question. Other candidates are associated with advisers who believe we should give up on defending God’s design for the family, as just one example. Proverbs says that “bad company corrupts good character,” so whom a candidate surrounds himself with, and takes with him to public office if he wins, is just as important as the character of the candidate himself.

Many of you reading this have told me over the years you want candidates willing to have a serious and substantive discussion about the future of the country, and not just regurgitate talking points or get by on focus grouped catch phrases. From the day he got in the race Sam Clovis has done that. He has put in the work on the campaign trail, taken the serious threats we face seriously, and demonstrated he’s the most prepared to govern constitutionally in the U.S. Senate.

That’s why we believe Sam Clovis deserves our support, and why we believe he deserves yours. Can he win? Yes he can, if the many undecided conservatives out there size up the candidates based on what’s best for their children and grandchildren, rather than relying on the media again to pick our candidates. Sam Clovis is actually ahead of where Rick Santorum was at this point in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, which he went on to win.

So the question isn’t “can Sam Clovis” win? The question really is “are Iowa conservatives willing to support one of our own that has earned it, and not let the media pick our candidates for us?”

We hope and pray the answer is yes, and that you’ll join us (as well as Citizens United, Eagle Forum, Tea Party Patriots, Gun Owners of America, and many others) in supporting Sam Clovis in the June 3rd primary for U.S. Senate.

(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and the author of “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)