Updated 11:10 pm ET, 11/16/2013
(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan made a rousing return to Iowa on Saturday night in a speech that slammed Obamacare and stirred 2016 speculation.
The Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee was the keynote speaker at a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad in Altoona, Iowa. The appearance was his first in the state that will have the country's first presidential caucus since the 2012 campaign.
(CNN) - Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin edged herself back into election politics Saturday, delivering a speech at an important Iowa gathering.
Palin was joined by other major tea party favorites such as Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Steve King of Iowa, as well as conservative intellectual and activist Phyllis Schlafly at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet.
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his penchant for visiting gun companies in Iowa on Friday, posing with the CEO of a firearm parts manufacturer, a rifle propped on Perry’s lap.
A member of Perry’s staff tweeted a photo Friday afternoon depicting the Republican governor beside Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, Inc.
(CNN) – Returning to Iowa for the first time since he campaigned in the state's Republican presidential caucuses two years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a blistering anti-Washington, anti-President Barack Obama address as he spoke Thursday night at a Polk County GOP dinner.
Normally known for his folksy, light-hearted demeanor, Perry instead remained largely serious as he sacked the Obama administration on a range of issues from health care law to foreign policy.
(CNN) - Decked out in blaze orange and tan hunting gear with a coffee in one hand and a shotgun in the other, tea party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his anti-Washington establishment tune to the Hawkeye state Saturday morning, pheasant hunting on opening day with GOP Rep. Steve King.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should “absolutely” step down, Cruz said, perched at the bar at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, eating eggs and answering questions from journalists before the hunt.
(CNN) - Ahead of his appearance in Iowa this weekend - his third stop in the Hawkeye State this year – Sen. Ted Cruz gave a local paper some insight into the less political facets of his life, including his dream job and even his distaste for avocados.
Cruz headlines the Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner in Des Moines Friday night, then goes hunting Saturday as Rep. Steve King's guest for the congressman's annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt.
Washington (CNN) - Between them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden boast almost 70 years' experience in public life. But a new poll out of Iowa indicates their deep résumés may work against them if either elects to run for president in 2016.
A Des Moines Register poll of the state's Democratic adults shows that, when asked what kind of candidate would have the best chance of winning a race for the nation's highest office, 50% said they want a "fresh face who will represent a new generation with new ideas."
(CNN) - In his closely-watched visit to Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a campaign-style speech highlighting the Obama administration's accomplishments and painting himself with a fresh coat of the "Middle Class Joe" tint he so enthusiastically embraced in last year's presidential race.
Biden gave the keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola for the first time since he appeared on the same stage in 2007 as a presidential candidate. Biden finished a distant fifth in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
(CNN) – Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is heading back to Iowa this fall, adding to his calendar another stop to the important voting state for the GOP presidential nomination.
The Scott County Republican Party announced Thursday that Brown will be the featured speaker for its 2013 Ronald Reagan Dinner on November 12.
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.