APPS National Security Forum with Chris Christie

July 20, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, News, South Carolina

Cleveland, OH –  Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), which has hosted dozens of national security forums in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan with 2016 presidential candidates, hosted a forum at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with Governor Chris Chrsitie. This in-depth discussion, moderated by CNN Anchor Jake Tapper, took place on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m., at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP in downtown Cleveland.

Video from the event can be viewed by clicking the image below.

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APPS to host national security forum at Republican National Convention

July 20, 2016  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, Iowa, New Hampshire, News, South Carolina

Cleveland, OH – Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), which has hosted dozens of national security forums in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan with 2016 presidential candidates, will host a forum at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with Governor Chris Chrsitie. This in-depth discussion, moderated by CNN Anchor Jake Tapper, will take place on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m., at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP in downtown Cleveland.

“APPS continues to play a vital role in educating American voters on the dangers we face overseas, and the unique role America has in the world,” said Chairman Rogers. “I look forward to hearing from Governor Christie, and his perspective on the pressing national security challenges facing the United States.”

This event will be streamed via Facebook Live here: http://bit.ly/29ykIG2

This event is open to the media and invited ticket holders only.

What: APPS National Security Forum with Governor Chris Christie. Hosted by The Honorable Mike Rogers and Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security.
When: Wednesday, July 20. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for a coffee reception. Program begins at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP (200 Public Square, Suite 1400, Cleveland, Ohio) Enter 200 Public Square from the Superior Avenue entrance.
Moderator: Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor

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APPS Honorary Chairman
The Honorable Mike Rogers, Past Chairman, House Intelligence Committee

APPS National Advisory Board

  • Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions
  • John Coburn, Chairman and CEO, VT Systems, Inc.
  • Gov. John Engler, Former Governor, State of Michigan
  • Steve Hadley, Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC
  • Walt Havenstein, Former CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, American Enterprise Institute
  • The Honorable Heather Wilson, President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The APPS difference in South Carolina

February 29, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), today highlighted APPS’ efforts to drive the national security debate during the South Carolina Republican primary election.

Among the top finishers in the South Carolina primary are those candidates voters believe have strength on national security and foreign policy issues. In December, APPS polling showed a quarter of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters said they trust Donald Trump the most “to handle national security issues” (24%). Trump was followed by Ted Cruz (17%), Jeb Bush (15%) and Marco Rubio (13%).

South Carolina Republican primary exit polls showed that security issues were the top or near the top of issues most important to primary voters.

“When we launched APPS last year, our goal was to educate primary voters and caucus goers in early presidential nominating states on the importance of selecting a candidate ready to assume the job on day one,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “After the results in Iowa, New Hampshire and now South Carolina showed national security issues were top-of-mind for voters and caucus goers in each of these three states we consider our mission a success. We will continue to work until election day in November, reminding voters that being commander-in-chief is the most important aspect of being president.”

Each of the ten, hour-long APPS national security forums in South Carolina received saturated in-state and national media coverage. In addition to the forums, columns and OpEds, APPS launched a highly targeted #NationalSecurityFirst digital advertising and email campaign focused on likely primary voters. Its goal was to encourage likely voters to keep national security issues at the top-of-mind as they voted on Saturday. The campaign finished with tens of thousands of targeted digital impressions.

“I am so proud of the 12 community leaders who volunteered to serve as APPS South Carolina Advisory Board members,” said Mike Rogers. “Their service was instrumental in getting candidates to attend our forums in South Carolina. There’s no question that our efforts paid off.”

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#NationalSecurityFirst launches in South Carolina

February 13, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

Columbia, SC – Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security(APPS), announced that the successful #NationalSecurityFirst digital awareness campaign will launch today in South Carolina, targeting likely primary voters.

Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, believes that national security must be top-of-mind for South Carolina primary voters. “It doesn’t take much more than turning on your television for someone to realize that we are in trouble overseas. We need a commander-in-chief ready to deal with the immense threats facing our nation on day one. We are urging South Carolina citizens to remember this when going to vote next Saturday,” he said.

Beginning today, just over one week from primary day, APPS will target likely South Carolina Republican primary voters on Facebook, Twitter and with emails, displaying messages on the importance of thinking #NationalSecurityFirst as they vote for the Republican nominee to be our next commander-in-chief.

APPS has hosted 26 national security forums, nine in South Carolina, with 14 Republican presidential candidates across Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. These forums drove more than $600 million in local and national earned media coverage. Video from the 26 past forums can be seen here: http://peaceprosperitysecurity.org/archived-forums/

APPS’ own polling has shown that these forums, OpEds, letters to the editor, emails, and social media posts have moved the needle for likely South Carolina primary voters. From Iran to ISIS, Russia to China, likely primary voters in South Carolina are greater attuned to the complex challenges facing America overseas. According to our poll, 75% of likely Republican voters say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important to determining their vote, and national security polled as the top issue at 47%.

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

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Carson talks tough on ISIS during Gaffney campaign stop

February 13, 2016  |  News, South Carolina

GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made a campaign stop in Gaffney Thursday to discuss national security and foreign policy.

The event, hosted by the South Carolina chapter of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, drew a packed crowd in the back room of the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery.

Carson criticized the U.S. deal with Iran, saying it has caused our allies to question whose side the United States is on.

Moderator Mike Rogers, national chair with APPS, asked Carson about refugees and how best to handle the situation. Carson said the country has to be careful who it lets in because of potential ties to ISIS.

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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.

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Palmetto Business Daily

Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security cites national security as No. 1 GOP election priority

December 22, 2015  |  Honorary Chairman Mike Rogers, News, South Carolina

With the South Carolina Republican primary scheduled for February, where presidential candidates stand on national security and terrorism will determine who voters choose in the 2016 Republican primaries and caucuses, the Honorable Mike Rogers, honorary chairman of Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security (APPS), said.

“Americans want a president who understands that stability abroad brings prosperity at home,” Rogers, former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, told Palmetto Business News.

As host of “Something to Think About” on Westwood One and a CNN national security commentator, Rogers said the ongoing work of APPS continues to raise the profile of these critical issues among voters seeking the Republican nominee for commander-in-chief.

Timing is crucial as February heats up with the Iowa caucuses slated for Feb. 1; the New Hampshire primaries set for Feb. 9, followed by the South Carolina Republican presidential primary Feb. 20; and then the Nevada Republican caucuses unfold Feb. 23.

National security is the most important issue this election and voters are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues, Rogers added.

“Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security has one mission: to educate voters in early presidential nominating states on issues related to our nation’s security,” Rogers said. “After 23 presidential candidate forums, email newsletters, blog posts and news clippings, APPS polls in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire show our work is making a difference.”

And according to APPS’ detailed findings from a new public opinion survey — conducted Dec. 1-3 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — the specific national security concern among likely 2016 Republican caucus goers and primary voters is terrorism.

“Our polls show terrorism is overwhelmingly the top issue on [their] minds,” Rogers said.

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Greenville Online

Voters need to vet military policy

December 19, 2015  |  News, South Carolina

When the United States announced the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were over and that our troops were coming home, the declared end of hostilities must have felt supremely ironic to the highly trained and heavily armed soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines still preparing to deploy (or re-deploy) to those harsh environments.

Despite naively optimistic rhetoric from the Obama administration in the face of new attacks, the world continues to be a dangerous place where enemies of individual freedom train daily to subdue their neighbors, marshal resources and prepare for the day they can show their might by attacking us at home. The discussion about how our country should best navigate this complex reality of hostile thugs, self-proclaimed caliphates, and terror-sponsoring nations must remain a focus of the presidential primary process in spite of the media’s focus on candidate personality.

Comparing successful conflicts like the original Desert Storm (with clear, limited objectives and a sound post-conflict political solution) to Vietnam or the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of the past 14 years, one can see that having the strongest military in the world is only at its most effective when the leadership, orders and vision of our civilian government are clear.

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New South Carolina GOP Poll: National Security Top Issue

December 7, 2015  |  South Carolina

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Washington, D.C. – Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS) released detailed findings of new public opinion surveys on top issues for likely 2016 Republican caucus goers and primary voters. The surveys were conducted between December 1 – 3, in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and announced by The Honorable Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and Brock McCleary, President of Harper Polling.

“When we launched APPS on a snowy February day in Iowa, our mission was to drive interest in national security among GOP caucus goers and early state primary voters,” said Mike Rogers, Honorary Chairman of APPS. “Along with all that is going on around the world, the work of APPS has raised the profile of these critical issues and the knowledge base of those who will select the Republican nominee for commander in chief. 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 and they are insisting on a candidate with solutions to those issues.”

“Our surveys of likely Republican primary voters and caucus attendees in three early-voting states demonstrate that the issue of national security and terrorism will likely determine the presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2016,” said Brock McCleary, President of Harper Polling.

Full APPS Survey Presentation | APPS Survey Memo

APPS GOP poll findings in South Carolina:

  • Surveys of likely Republican primary voters and caucus attendees in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina show the issue of national security and terrorism will likely determine the presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2016.
  • Question: Which of the following Republican candidates for president do you trust the most to handle national security issue:
    • 24% Trump; 17% Cruz; 15% Bush; 13% Rubio; 8% Carson; 6% Christie; 4% Fiorina; 3% Kasich
  • At 47% likely South Carolina Republican primary voters consider “National Security and Terrorism” to be the top issue facing our country.
  • Question: How important are a presidential candidate’s positions on national security in determining your vote for president next year?
    • 75% very important
  • Question: Which of the following countries or threats do you believe poses the greatest risk to America’s national security: China, Russia, Terrorism, Iran, or North Korea?
    • 57% terrorism
  • Likely voters in South Carolina believe Donald Trump is the best equipped candidate to handle national security issues.
  • Almost a quarter of likely Republican primary voters say they trust Donald Trump the most “to handle national security issues” (24%), followed by Ted Cruz (17%), Jeb Bush (15%) and Marco Rubio (13%). All other candidates register below 10%, including, notably, Dr. Ben Carson (8%).
  • Men trust Trump (28%), followed by Cruz (22%) on national security issues while women are divided between Bush (20%) and Trump (19%).
  • Ideologically, Very Conservatives split between Cruz (29%) and Trump (29%), a plurality of Somewhat Conservatives say Trump (24%), and Moderates choose Bush (20%).
  • A contextually substantial 29% of voters who prefer a candidate focused on “strong military and fighting terrorism” say they trust Donald Trump the most to handle national security issues.
  • Similarly, 29% of those who say a candidate’s positions on national security are very important in determining their vote for president select Donald Trump as the most trustworthy to handle these issues.
  • Those who say national security positions are somewhat important in determining their vote choose Bush (24%).
  • Women are generally more concerned about “National Security and Terrorism” (55% over 19% Spending/Debt) than men (SC: 39%).

The survey results prescribe the winning profile for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee:

  • A candidate who embraces and promotes national security as the top issue facing the county.
  • One who is perceived as a “national security” candidate rather than an “economic” or “religious liberty” candidate.
  • A candidate who demonstrates experience and depth of knowledge regarding terrorism and national security – 75% of Republicans call it “very important” to their vote.
  • One who recognizes ISIS as “the greatest risk to America’s national security” and has a plan to defeat it.
  • A candidate who can reassure voters that the failures of the Iranian nuclear deal and the rise of ISIS will be addressed with new American leadership.

Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security has been driving the national security debate during the 2016 presidential race. APPS has hosted 23 national security candidate forums in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan with 11 Republican presidential candidates. Through its teams on the ground in each of the early voting states, APPS has also built lists of tens of thousands of likely caucus goers and primary voters. For months, we have been educating those voters on critical national security issues and the importance for the next commander in chief to have a clear understanding of the challenges and benefits of American leadership. APPS has generated more than $600 million nationally in earned media coverage from 23 national security candidate forums.

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