Miletich considering U.S. Senate run

2013-04-09T03:30:00Z 2013-04-09T04:57:35Z Miletich considering U.S. Senate runEd Tibbetts The Quad-City Times

Mixed martial artist Pat Miletich says he is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate.

Miletich, a former UFC champion from Bettendorf, tweeted last week that people could pencil his name in next year for Senate, adding “Bruce Braley cannot win that seat.”

Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, has said he is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

Miletich now appears on Showtime, ESPN and AXS.TV as a commentator. He also has co-founded a company called Fire Horse Combatives, which trains law enforcement and military members.

In an interview Monday, he said he hasn’t decided whether he will add “Senate candidate” to his resume but he has been thinking about politics for a couple of years.

"A lot of people are fed up with a lot of things that are happening in the country,” he said.

He criticized the influence of special interest, and said he believes in term limits. He also said the government is intruding too much on the private sector and individual rights.

“I’m not a fan of the left, socialist mentality at all,” he said.

Miletich is a registered Republican but said it was possible he could run as an independent.

The 47-year-old also left open the possibility he might even run for a local office, such as mayor of Bettendorf. But then he added, “I never think small.”

Harkin, who has been in the Senate since 1985, said in January that he would not seek another six-year term. That has set up a scramble to see who might succeed him. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, as well as Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, both Republicans, also are considering runs.

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  1. Bohdi1966
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    Bohdi1966 - April 14, 2013 6:11 pm
    Before I make any comment, I will say Pat is a champion and real pioneer in UFC. But politics is a whole new sport. In that arena he is a rookie. It would be like me getting in the ring with him to fight in UFC match and expect to survive. I think he may have some trouble getting his campaign off the ground. Great man, I just think he talents are best used in training law enforcement and the military.
  2. furgy62
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    furgy62 - April 13, 2013 9:06 pm
    I was born andd raised in the Quad Cities and if I still lived there I would vote for this man in a heartbeat. This man has been a champion in real life, a success in business and someone who truly helps people. And DC would not imtimidate him at all.
  3. geoff
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    geoff - April 12, 2013 11:48 am
    Does he think life begins at conception like a good old republican or is he a lieral?
  4. thelastoftherationals
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    thelastoftherationals - April 11, 2013 9:38 pm
    What's wrong with his ears?
  5. rando
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    rando - April 09, 2013 10:38 am
    Obviously, Mr. Miletich has been extremely successful. And from what I have heard around over the years, he is actually very intelligent, is a very good person, and is an all-around class act. Nonetheless, it would really be a surprise victory for him to take out the lead nutbag, Steve King. And even assuming he makes it that far, if he tries to pitch the same delusional idiocy of recent Republicanism, Braley will pound him into the mat. In any event, Miletich is definitely a step up from the typical political candidates, so I would be interested in hearing his perspective, and I wish him well.
  6. Constitutionalist
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    Constitutionalist - April 09, 2013 10:11 am
    In order to be qualified for office you must have zero private sector experience and be able to organize communities.
  7. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - April 09, 2013 8:30 am
    See, you show yourself to be ignorant and as looney as a person can possibly be. Pat doesn't work for big government. Big government resides in DC. It is the bunch that gave us a healthcare takeover that comprises about 100,000 pages of regulation. What would the dependent class (democrats) do without a government nanny to tell you what to do 24/7?
  8. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - April 09, 2013 8:28 am
    As opposed to the radical left wingers that call themselves democrats. As if the democrat party isn't comprised of clinically insane people.
  9. QCA
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    QCA - April 09, 2013 7:19 am
    It is a shame the amount of posters who have jumped quickly to the assumption that he is not capable of this job. In my conversations (though they are few) with Mr. Miletich, I have found him to be an intelligent man, not the dumb fighter stereotype that is being thrown around here. Frankly, I would rather a down home individual representing me versus the lifelong politicians who are only in it for their own glory.
  10. cd1001
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    cd1001 - April 09, 2013 6:45 am
    Is Hulk Hogan still around? The dude will need a running mate when he decides he wants to run for President...
  11. ds123456789
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    ds123456789 - April 08, 2013 10:59 pm
    The best part about the 'leftist' comments here is about Pat's credentials and record. The same people who put Obama back in office after four years of failed policies, record deficits, record unemployment, record debt, record numbers of people simply leaving the job market. It's obviously all about the spin, not the substance, because obviously Obma/Braley has no solutions or substance but still commands the vote. Keep blaming Bush.
  12. twiggy
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    twiggy - April 08, 2013 6:09 pm
    Go for it! From an uneducated liberal. Run Pat Run! You sure would be a better candidate than King. Not much to recommend him. But he sure can run!
  13. John Rambo
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    John Rambo - April 08, 2013 5:47 pm
    Not all constituents, just the looney liberals with java themed handles...
  14. John Rambo
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    John Rambo - April 08, 2013 5:36 pm
    Go for it Pat! You have my vote! You obviously have some on the left concerned, judging by the uneducated, childish remarks they are making...
  15. georgeandersonxyz
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    georgeandersonxyz - April 08, 2013 5:25 pm
    3 time world champion, coached numerous UFC champions, excellent commentator......The man doesn't like to lose and therefore succeeds at everything. For those of you who like to complain about gridlock in Washington, career politicians, the direction of the country, etc- Maybe you should keep an open mind.
  16. Acts25_16
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    Acts25_16 - April 08, 2013 5:19 pm
    The people need someone of a calibre that can & will clean House, and or Senate. To many politicians today catre to special corporate interests at the cost of the civil liberties of a free nation. That is why we are where we are today. Our future, our children are in jeopardy and are being administratively bullied by Big Pharma and the Dept. of Education who have been over prescribing medications, which are the root of the problem of school shootings. Our leaders should ban the class of drugs that cause these kids to turn killers, instead, too many politicians spin their man-made disasters into an opportunity to advance their corporate mind set agenda and usurp the power of the people, by the people. Monsanto GMO's have already, according to a Reuters report, caused millions to die of conditions doctors write are pneumonia, flu or congestive heart failure. Why does the Senate allow American Water to poison our water with flouride ? Google: The Douglas Report. Too much legislation by Democrats and Republicans alike, have had disasterous consequences, like the 1999 CITIBANK RELIEF ACT, co-authored by Iowa's Jim Leach and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, unleashing predatory bankers US and causing the housing bubble and ensuing economic conditions we have witnessed and suffer through today, has left US behind for the person profits corporate America and Wall Street have paid for with our children and future. That is why the silent majority would vote for an Independent like Pat Militech.
  17. coffee cup
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    coffee cup - April 08, 2013 4:50 pm
    Some of that "5 trillion dollars" went directly into Mr. Miletich's pocket. He must be a Marxist too. Hey, you're right, dumb people ARE funny! You crack me up dude!
  18. coffee cup
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    coffee cup - April 08, 2013 4:43 pm
    Yes, because being able to beat up a constituent is exactly the quality Iowa is looking for in a Senator, smart guy.
  19. coffee cup
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    coffee cup - April 08, 2013 4:38 pm
    He is a looney because he says things like, "government is intruding too much on the private sector and individual rights". and: “I’m not a fan of the left, socialist mentality at all,” when he is the co-founder of a company called Fire Horse Combatives, which trains law enforcement and military members. Law enforcement (government employee) and military members (government employee) ? Is Pat aware that his livelihood is funded by, wait for it, BIG GOVERNMENT?! Doesn't sound to private sector to me, sounds more like the socialism the he professes to be no fan of. But hey, like most conservatives, Pat believes that when the government gives YOU money it's socialism, but when the government gives HIM money it's "Free enterprise" Looney and apparently unable to connect dots.
  20. Constitutionalist
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    Constitutionalist - April 08, 2013 4:35 pm
    I love it when Keynesian, socialist, Marxist individuals call people looney, it cracks me up. Coffee cup- "lets print 5 trillion dollars and give it to special interest groups and call it stimulus." Lol, dumb people are funny.
  21. Ein Stein
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    Ein Stein - April 08, 2013 3:50 pm
    LMAO , go for it !
  22. JS824
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    JS824 - April 08, 2013 3:48 pm
    Go say that to his face, tough guy.
  23. Herky
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    Herky - April 08, 2013 3:45 pm
    Of course he would get eaten alive by Braley at a debate Braley is a pro politician, Pat is not.. However Pat very well could win the vote, as most people with common sense are tired of the same ole same ole in Washington. It's nice to see people stepping up and trying to make a change! Go Pat Go!
  24. walking through
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    walking through - April 08, 2013 3:13 pm
    With all due respect to Mr. Miletich (who I have known of since his high school days) he should probably stick to what he knows best, martial arts. This doesn't make him a bad person. If he wants to run that's what America is all about. But people need to realize that while Twitter and Facebook are social avenues and do help an individual to an extent, they are not the total picture of politics. Just because someone "tweets" to you that it's a great idea to run for office, you might want to look at the whole picture. Bruce Braley would eat Pat Miletich alive in a debate. That doesn't make Pat a bad person and I am not saying Pat is not intelligent. Bruce Braley has years of experience in politics. My vote in Miletich vs Braley is for Bruce Braley.
  25. Ag-Lender
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    Ag-Lender - April 08, 2013 2:42 pm
    Why do you consider this person a "looney"? If he is serious, sounds like he has some common sense ideas such as term limits, less influence of special interest groups, and less government intrusion.
  26. dmfjr
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    dmfjr - April 08, 2013 2:36 pm
    Democrats should fund his primary campaign.
  27. coffee cup
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    coffee cup - April 08, 2013 2:28 pm
    Wow another looney running as a Republican, who'd a thunk it?
  28. bailaw
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    bailaw - April 08, 2013 2:28 pm
    Sounds like he might have the redneck vote sewn up.
  29. olenumber7
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    olenumber7 - April 08, 2013 2:08 pm
    Go Pat! Couldn't agree more and with Obama showing his true colors the swing voters will go Republican in the Mid Terms. I know people who voted for Obama and they are now shocked at what is doing. The real Obama is coming out and Americans don't like it!
  30. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - April 08, 2013 1:37 pm
    He couldn't possibly be a worse Senator than Harkin has been. I wish the democrats would rebrand themselves honestly as the US Marxist party.
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