Iowa GOP Activists Blast ‘Marriage Vow,’ Vander Plaats As ‘Huge Distraction’

Republican activists in Iowa aren’t happy with the Iowa FAMiLY Leader’s “Marriage Vow” pledge that tripped up Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and was shot down by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) and former Govs. Gary Johnson (R-NM), Mitt Romney (R-MA), Jon Huntsman (R-UT), and today, Tim Pawlenty (R-MN). One GOP activist and social conservative described the pledge as “kooky,” saying he’d never sign a pledge “with 17 footnotes.” Craig Robinson, an Iowa-based activist, told the Washington Post that the vow has been “a huge distraction,” adding that candidates shouldn’t spend time on pledges that are “obviously not well thought out.” Another “disgusted” operative took a shot at FAMiLY Leader president Bob Vander Plaats, saying the pledge “is not the work of a kingmaker but a troublemaker.”