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Vander Plaats Predicts Santorum Victory In Iowa, Says Romney ‘Has Pretty Much Dissed’ Evangelicals

By Igor Volsky on January 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

"Vander Plaats Predicts Santorum Victory In Iowa, Says Romney ‘Has Pretty Much Dissed’ Evangelicals"

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Bob Vander Plaats tried to downplay his Dec. 20 endorsement of Rick Santorum, but with the former Pennsylvania senator now building momentum in Iowa, the FAMiLY Leader president is now predicting a Santorum surge in New Hampshire, where the candidate is still in single digits and has run what could best be described as a courtesy campaign.

During an appearance on Fox News this morning, Vander Plaats said he expected Santorum to win the caucuses and lashed out against Mitt Romney, who he claimed “has pretty much dissed our base.” Watch it:

The vehemently anti-gay Vander Plaats has sparked criticism in recent days for engaging in “pay for play” schemes and selling his coveted support among Evangelical Christian voters to the highest bidder. ABC News reported last week that Vander Plaats approached Romney in 2008 “seeking money for his backing if he supported the former Massachusetts governor.” “He wanted to be paid,” a former staffer said. “He was clearly looking for a paycheck. There was a conversation about him getting a title, but being a paid consultant was much more important.”

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