Vander Plaats Calls On Gingrich, Bachmann To ‘Reassess’ Candidacies After Santorum’s Iowa Finish

Pay-to-play Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats seemed elated as he stood behind Rick Santorum during last night’s victory address in Iowa, just 14 days after endorsing the late-surging Pennsylvania senator. Vander Plaats told BuzzFeed that Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann should consider dropping out of the race if social conservatives hope to defeat Mitt Romney. “The worst thing that can happen to Mitt Romney is to run head to head against Rick Santorum,” he said. “He wants to have a multiple candidate field, so I think some of these candidates — they need to reassess where they are at tonight.” “I think Michele Bachmann has to definitely [drop out],” he added.