Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker to attend Iowa gov.'s D.C. fundraiser
August 20th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker to attend Iowa gov.'s D.C. fundraiser

Washington (CNN) – A quartet of Republicans said to be eyeing 2016 presidential bids will get a chance next month to see how the competition is romancing the influential governor of Iowa.

Republican Terry Branstad is hosting a fundraiser on Sept. 24 at a Washington, D.C., GOP hot spot, the Capitol Hill Club, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

A slate of heavy hitters is expected to attend, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Also listed on the invitation are other potential GOP presidential hopefuls including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. But all three are unable to attend.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who chaired the Republican National Committee in the Nineties and eyed a presidential bid of his own in 2012, will be there, as will all the Republican members of the Hawkeye State's congressional delegation.

The reception will bring in money for Branstad's re-election bid next year and will cost attendees $500 and sponsors $1000.

There's a separate dinner after on Capitol Hill at the home of Ron Kaufman, a lobbyist with Dutko Worldwide who doubles as an RNC committee member. Kaufman was a key player in both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids. Attending the more intimate dinner will cost donors $5,000 to attend and $10,000 to chair.

As the pre-primary process ahead of the 2016 presidential election heats up, Branstad is certain to play a role in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, and will likely hold many events for the Republican candidates. His potential endorsement could carry weight with a wide swath of Iowa Republican voters, meaning many of the candidates will begin courting him for support as early as possible.


Filed under: Iowa • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Scott Walker • Ted Cruz
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The apocalypse horsemen of the rethug/teatroll party.
    The Canadian, the KY turkey, the lying Cuban anchor baby and the WI I am firing police officers/firefighters and teachers.
    If it wasn't so sad that these trolls want to be president it would be laughable.

    August 20, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The five GOP stooges who won't be president , including the GOP hick governor , lat a laughes at them comedy hour for the dems!!!

    August 20, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. ghostwriter

    Scot Walker is the only sane one in the bunch. Though that's kinda like beating a 5 year old in algebra.

    August 20, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    These teabag nazis should start their own country far away!!!!the moon colony maybe with the grinch.

    August 20, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    Wow, talk about getting free entertainment. The Three Stooges, plus Shemp.

    August 20, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I think the GOP should hire Kauffman , nothing better the a two time loser working for the GOP except a five time loser , Romney the tax cheat and assa the one billion Dallar man crook !!!

    August 20, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The goobers in Iowa loved Donald Trump,Rick Perry,Herman Cain,Michelle Bachman and Ricky Santorum during the last primary. They all imploded.

    August 20, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Sorry to say–none of these idiots are worth my precious time.

    August 20, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Watched Walker on the Kudlow Report. He is still selling those ideas that gave us the first Great Depression.

    August 20, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Mightyduk

    Sounds like a room full of people no one wants to listen to.

    August 20, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. the hippies were right

    I just lost my appetite!

    August 20, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who says there heavy hitters???? The GOP , their all teaparty lightweights who will never win a national election!!!!!!

    August 20, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Lisa P.

    Governor Branstad had better watch out - if Scott Walker does for him what he's done for Wisconsin the fundraiser will net nothing for Branstad while Walker, mysteriously, will suddenly have a number of billionaire new best friends to go visit with. Anything to stay out of Wisconsin until the next election and its Republican dark money political commercial carpet bombing.

    August 20, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Dan5404

    This clown act is matching up pretty well with those in the GOP race in 2012. This year's theme, "We are the party of illusions"."

    August 20, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. David Dee

    Three more for the 2016 clown car, and to loose out on being nominated.

    August 20, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Gary

    A slate of heavy hitters is expected to attend, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

    Now thats funny. How bout A slate of why Republicans are gonna loose, again.
    Maybe Branstad will wear a top hat and tails while leading his band of circus clowns.

    August 20, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. MaryM

    Those tea people have destroyed the once great republican party.

    August 20, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Any dirty money gonna change hands??

    August 20, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Just a thought

    Let the hatefest begin.....Is it ever a consideration for the GOP clown patrol to promote ideas instead of constantly criticizing President Obama? I mean come on....When Pres Obama leaves office, what are these folks going to talk about ? I'd bet the answer is...wait for it....wait for it....crickets ...Ho Hum

    August 20, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Deb in MT

    Cruz! Paul! Rubio! Walker!

    Yeah, let's load up the clown car with those four "heavy hitters"[sic]!!!

    I hope I've stocked up on enough popcorn for this upcoming GOP/TP primary season.

    August 20, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    A slate of heavy hitters is expected to attend, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

    Thanks for the Tuesday night laugh CNN.
    None of these clowns stands a chance at EVER residing in the Oval Office especially the anchor baby and the Cuban communist but again, thanks for the laugh.

    August 20, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Just a thought

    Yeah, the circus has come to town....when I was a kid, I found clowns absolutely terrifying...these guys terrifying for the different reasons, as in, there is a community of vapid right wing nuts that just eat this "bee-es" for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    August 20, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    serve up the factless rhetoric, draw in the knuckle draggers and there you have it, ...... political trash ...now serving room temperature IQs ...carry out, check please

    August 20, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible.

    August 21, 2013 03:14 am at 3:14 am |