Skip to comments.Steve King’s cattle call (live on C-SPAN Saturday)
Posted on 03/25/2011 6:58:46 PM PDT by iowamark
With the presidential field finally starting to coalesce, theres something of a cattle call in Iowa this weekend: Rep. Steve Kings Conservative Principles Conference, taking place in Des Moines this Saturday. Hundreds of conservative Iowans will come out to hear potential candidates make their pitches.
What I expect and hope for is an engaging discussion for the conservative agenda for America and to help shape the beginnings of the planks in the platform of the next president of the United States, King told The Fix...
The guest list is reminiscent of the one for last months Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington a sign of Kings growing clout within the GOP. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will be there, along with Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain and former U.S. ambassador John Bolton.
There will also be panels on health-care, economic policy and the media. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who announced yesterday that he would not run for president, will be the keynote speaker. (Most of the days events will air on CSPAN, starting at 10 A.M. ET).
Absent from the event will be some high-profile names: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. King said scheduling issues prevented him from bringing all of the possible candidates together on one day. (Former senator Rick Santorum dropped out at the last minute, citing a family medical emergency.)
If the conference goes well, King says, he hopes to do more through the Conservative Principles PAC in the future -- including, possibly, a debate...
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Ambassador John Bolton
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich
Governor Haley Barbour
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Chairman Matt Strawn
Tea Party Patriots
Hon. Betsy McCaughey Ph.D.
National Right to Work
Senator Russell Pearce
National Organization for Marriage
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds
Mike George, Founder, Strong America Now
Kayne Robinson Citizens United
Phyllis Schlaffly, Eagle Forum