(SIOUX CITY, IA) - A well-known voice in Siouxland joins the race to become Iowa's next U.S. Senator. Sam Clovis made that announcement Monday night at the Holiday Inn.Clovis has hosted KSCJ's "Impact with Sam Clovis" for three years becoming a popular voice for conservative politics. Clovis joins former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and former Chuck Grassley aide David Young in the Republican race to replace Democrat Tom Harkin who is retiring.
Sam Clovis may have one the widest backgrounds of any political candidate. He was a fighter pilot for the U.S. military. He has his Masters and Ph.D. and is a tenured professor at Morningside College. And Clovis has been a radio talk show host - a conservative voice that stands out in northwest Iowa. "I'm sure my communications people will yell at me, 'Oh my word! You can't be so blunt!' Well I'm sorry. I am blunt force trauma," said Clovis with a laugh. Clovis may be well known here. The big obstacle is the rest of Iowa. "He's going to have to make his identity and his political philosophy known east of I-35 at least. That's critical because where the larger population of the state is at the moment," said political analyst Dr. Rudy Daniels. Clovis says he has a strategy to solve that problem. "I think the big thing is to travel. We had a pretty good template in Rick Santorum's campaign, which I was a part as you all know. I think it's a good model," said Clovis. But the biggest challenge of all for Clovis may be money. "I think money is a challenge for everybody in this race and I think that reason is we're likely to have so many people in it," he said. "People are going to sit on their hands until someone emerges. Once someone emerges or takes a lead, I think we're going to see money come that way." And he'll have to face more than his own party's competitors. "The Democrats are going to do put all their effort to retain the seat. And it is very, very difficult financially to muster the amounts of money that will be needed to have enough political ads, electronic ads to sway the people of the eastern part of the state. And I think this is what made a lot of others begin to think twice," said Daniels.
Because of his decision to seek public office, Clovis is giving up his popular radio show on 1360 KSCJ. But Tuesday, he'll go from "asking the questions" to "answering them" when he appears as a guest with Woody Gottburg during the 10 o'clock hour on KSCJ Radio.