First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina
August 6th, 2013
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First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Iowa Rep. Steve King, whose hard line immigration rhetoric has angered some of his fellow Republicans and delighted Democrats eager to keep Hispanic voters in their fold, is quietly planning meetings with political activists in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina, CNN has learned.

King will travel to the state in late August to attend the Charleston Meeting, a closed-door gathering of right-leaning politicians and business leaders organized by author and activist Mallory Factor, two Republican sources said.

The Charleston Meeting and its sibling, the New York Meeting, are semi-regular events hosted by Factor that bring together influential conservative figures from around the country - not necessarily the local activists who will be key players in the state's primary, the first southern contest in the 2016 presidential nomination fight.

But King has also set up an invitation-only coffee in Charleston with a small group of area GOP leaders, according to Lin Bennett, a vice chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.

Bennett, the former leader of the Charleston County GOP, has brokered similar meetings in the past for ambitious politicians hoping to make inroads into the state's conservative movement.

"When they call and ask me to do that, my thought is maybe they are thinking about a presidential run," Bennett told CNN.

Bennett described the meeting, set for Aug. 26, as an introductory session with about 20 activists - "just an opportunity for some people to talk to him."

"He is very conservative, and I think the conservative activists will like him," she said. "But they don't know him."

Aides to King did not respond to requests for comment about the trip.

If King is curious about seeking the Republican nomination in 2016, as his visit to South Carolina suggests, he would certainly face difficult odds, since no sitting member of the House has been elected president since James Garfield in 1880.

King, though, would have a national platform to discuss his policy ideas and might appeal to elements of the Republican base that remain firmly opposed to the immigration reform bill – "amnesty," in his words - that recently passed the Senate.

He would also add a wrinkle to the Iowa caucuses, given that he represents a conservative and heavily evangelical district in northwest Iowa that figures prominently in the leadoff nominating contest.


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  1. I'm NOT a liberal

    Liberals trying (as usual) to deflect from the massive amounts of scandals from this administration.

    You can change the conversation liberals but you can't change the facts.

    August 6, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    nobody is going to decide anything till after the mid-terms are over, period. I've got a gut feeling that the republicans will end up taking control of both houses, in 2014. Unless Obama & company gets on the horn, with his million member e-mail list, (not to mention that ground game, that Obama has) for the 18 – 40 voters. If they all of a sudden decide that they will "wait" to vote in 2016, we will have a republican controlled congress, period.

    August 6, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. John

    The ignorant conservative bigots are pathetic at best, frightened sheep at worst.

    August 6, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. rs

    I'm NOT a liberal

    Liberals trying (as usual) to deflect from the massive amounts of scandals from this administration.

    You can change the conversation liberals but you can't change the facts.
    ______________________________________________
    Sorry- every day it seems to unfold that these "scandals" are so much hot air, anger, bluster and, well, lies. They are just further proof the ever delightful GOP would love to use means licit and illicit to take Obama from office, i.e. a coup- how patriotic- but then again these tin-pot TEA PArties are anything but pro-government or pro-American.

    August 6, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "You can change the conversation liberals but you can't change the facts."

    Facts like the memos saying "progressive" and "occupy" too?

    Facts like the handwritten notes that were leaked regarding Benghazi emails being deliberately wrong and mischaracterizing what the emails actually said....then the reporter (John Karl) reporting that he saw the actual emails in order to make his story about a supposed "smoking gun" sound more credible and sensational?

    Facts like none of the Teatroll groups and only 3 progressive groups were denied the 501(c)(4) status?

    Facts like the nontroversy manufacturing machine really just hasn't worked other than to get the GOP/Teatroll base more frothy than they already were?

    You're right...your version of reality is ever so accurate. President Romney approves your message.

    August 6, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -I'm NOT a liberal

    Liberals trying (as usual) to deflect from the massive amounts of scandals from this administration.

    You can change the conversation liberals but you can't change the facts.
    **********************
    There is a huge difference between facts and accusations. NOTHING the GOP has accused the administration of has been proven, except in the feverish minds of the righties. Pointing out that unpleasant fact is what infuriates the Right.

    August 6, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -I'm NOT a liberal

    The Real Tom Paine

    -I'm NOT a liberal

    The hateful liberal racists here are parasitic at best.
    **************
    Way to persuade people to your point of view. Of course, a conservative screaming about liberals being racist, hateful and parasistic is a textbook example of projection.
    -

    It's actually the truth. You libs call it what you want. You always do.
    ****************
    Prove it. Can you? Never, but that's what the righties always fail to do. You just figure if you scream long enough and loud enough that people will give in to you, like parents with a bratty child. But hey, if it helps you to sleep at night, go for it.

    August 6, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. rs

    "The hateful liberal racists here are parasitic at best."
    ____________________________
    Which party stands against Civil Rights?
    Which party is workin' hard to deny the poor and the elderly the right to vote?
    Which party refused to take on immigration reform?
    Which party contained the birthers?
    Which party came up with 47% of Americans (including those on SS, Medicare and VA benefits) being "takers"?

    It isn't racist to call racists racist.

    August 6, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. I'm NOT a liberal

    "I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid" ~JG

    August 6, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. boungiorno

    it appears that some of the remarks made here on this blog are bullied remarks aimed toward others and can be very bashing cnn should be held accountable along with individuals who create TROUBLE AIMED TOWARD OTHERS THROUGH HATEFUL COMMENTS

    August 6, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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