Mike Rogers Launches #NationalSecurityFirst Iowa Campaign

January 27, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, News


Des Moines, Iowa – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today announced a #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising campaign targeting Iowa caucus goers.

Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, believes that national security must be top-of-the-mind for Iowa caucus goers. “It doesn’t take much more than turning on your television for Iowans  to realize that we are in trouble overseas. We need a commander-in- chief ready to deal with those threats on day one. We are urging Iowans to keep those issues top-of-mind as they caucus,” he said.

Beginning today, less than one week from caucus night, APPS will target likely Iowa Republican caucus goers on their Facebook pages, in their Twitter feeds and their email inboxes with messaging on the importance of thinking #NationalSecurityFirst as they caucus.

By hosting 26 national security forums with its early state advisory boards, including eight in Iowa, APPS has driven more than $600 million locally and nationally in earned media coverage on the importance of national security. APPS has hosted 14 of the Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. Video from the 26 past forums can be seen here: http://peaceprosperitysecurity.org/archived-forums/

APPS’ own polling has shown that these forums, local OpEds, letters to the editor, emails, and social media posts have moved the needle for likely Iowa caucus goers. From Iran to ISIS, Russia to China, likely caucus goers in Iowa are greater attuned to the complex challenges facing America overseas. According to our poll, 75% of likely Republican caucus attendees say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important to determining their vote and national security polled as the top issue by far at 44%.

Today’s launch of the #NationalSecurityFirst campaign is the culmination of those educational efforts to help Iowa caucus goers select a nominee they believe is ready to serve as commander-in-chief.


10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody

January 13, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News

Washington (CNN) Despite 10 American sailors being in Iranian custody, President Barack Obama stuck to his State of the Union script Tuesday night and made no mention of the incident, instead touting his nuclear deal with Tehran.

But former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, criticized Kerry for attending the State of the Union before the sailors were released.

“The secretary of state should not say, ‘It’s gonna be soon, real soon,'” Rogers said on CNN. “We need to have the secretary of state engaged in this issue right now. In fact, I’m not sure I would have him at this speech.”

Roger also dismissed the idea, put out by the administration, that the transfer of the sailors could not happen at night because it would be too dangerous.

“This notion that it happens at night and can’t be done safely is absolute hooey, absolute hooey,” Rogers said. “This should be done, it should be done immediately, and I think every level of our government should be applied to this, including our secretary of state.”

Read the full story on CNN here: http://cnn.it/1Sh3R8q

The Wall Street Journal

Terrorist Attacks Reshuffle GOP’s Presidential Race

January 11, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, News, South Carolina

The terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have reshuffled the Republicans’ presidential primary, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the front-runner, Donald Trump.

Roughly half of Republican primary voters in Iowa view the celebrity businessman as the most capable candidate to handle the threat posed by Islamic State, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. His next closest rival: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at 15%.

The survey was taken before Mr. Trump took his most controversial position to date by calling for a ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. Whatever the fallout from this latest episode, Mr. Trump’s hardline stance against Islamic State terrorists has clearly tapped a nerve with voters willing to ignore his lack of foreign-policy experience.

Mr. Trump outpaces his rivals in New Hampshire and South Carolina on the question of which candidate Republican primary voters trust most to deal with the issue of national security, according to surveys taken earlier this month by Harper Polling for Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), a group formed to promote foreign policy in the 2016 race.

Iowa is the only state where Mr. Trump trails one of his rivals on the national-security question, according to the Harper Polling surveys. Mr. Cruz nabbed the top spot in that poll, with 34% of Iowa Republicans giving the Texas senator the highest marks on national security. Mr. Trump was second, at 19%. Mr. Cruz recently pulled almost even with Mr. Trump in the Hawkeye State.

The bigger takeaway is that foreign policy has become the dominant issue for Republicans in all three states, outpacing debt and spending issues, health care and jobs and the economy, according to Harper Polling. “The race is all national security now,” said Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling. “With the field very much in flux, the issue could reshuffle the deck in short order.”

“Likely caucus-goers in Iowa and likely primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina now believe national security is the most important issue this election,” said former Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), the honorary chairman of APPS and the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “And they are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues.”

Click here for the full article and coverage of APPS National Security Poll.