ABC News: Ex-Lawmaker Seeks to Make Foreign Policy a GOP 2016 Priority

February 6, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — A former Michigan congressman appeared in Iowa Thursday to unveil an effort to promote more foreign policy discussion among Republican presidential hopefuls.

Mike Rogers, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, announced he is leading a group called Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, which held a kickoff event at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. The organization, which has backing from a number of Iowa political operatives and activists, aims to build support among voters and hold candidate events, including a forum in the fall.

“(National security) will be a factor in the election of 2016,” Rogers said during a Wednesday interview. He said the group will also be organizing in New Hampshire and South Carolina. “We want everybody to be the smartest person at the water cooler on national security issues.”

Rogers served in the U.S. House for 14 years before retiring at the end of last year. He was chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Iowa Advisory Board for the group includes former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn, former Senate candidate Sam Clovis and Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis, the retired former commander of the Iowa National Guard. Rogers said the goal was to foster grassroots support for the effort.

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