Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa Republican kingmaker Rep. Steve King once again declined to make an endorsement ahead of his state's Tuesday caucuses, but he did handicap the 2012 race.
The five-term congressman, who represents a heavily Republican district in Northwest Iowa, told CNN's Soledad O'Brien Monday that the perfect GOP candidate would have traits from each of the current contenders competing in the Hawkeye State.
(CNN) - Just two days before the Iowa caucuses, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who holds a highly sought-after endorsement in the state, said he's waiting to show his support until he finds the right candidate to lead the country out of debt.
"I want to know they believe it and can lead America to where we need to go to get us back from the abyss of a fiscal calamity," King said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I haven't seen that with the clarity that I want to see, and if me holding back on this helps get that case before the American people, I may well have to do that."
Washington (CNN) - Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King, whose support is coveted by Republican presidential candidates, said he hoped to endorse one of them months ago. But like many other Iowa Republican voters, he is having a hard time picking a horse in this Republican field.
"I've said all along I want my head and my heart to come together, and when that happens I'll jump in with both feet. That just hasn't happened yet," King told CNN.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - An influential conservative Republican congressman in the Hawkeye State will join GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum at a campaign event Monday.
Rep. Steve King will team up the former senator from Pennsylvania at a pheasant hunt in Adel, Iowa, a source with knowledge of the event confirms to CNN.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney criticized fellow Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich Wednesday for supporting lighter restrictions against illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years.
"People who come into this country illegally should not have a special break or special pathway to become permanent residents or citizens of this country," Romney said at a campaign stop in Des Moines.
Washington (CNN) - Any of the Republican presidential contenders would love to have the endorsement of Iowa Rep. Steve King, one the state's leading conservative voices.
Though King had previously expected to endorse a candidate by this stage in the race, he now says he might stay out of the 2012 race all together.
(CNN) - Before taking off on a hunting trip with Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an influential figure and highly sought-after endorsement in the state with the nation's first caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talked about his "love affair" with guns.
"As long as I've got memory, I've had something to hunt with," Perry said Saturday. "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns."
(CNN) - Iowa Congressman Steve King surveyed the comings and goings of the 2012 GOP field Sunday following the Minnesota split: Rep. Michele Bachmann's Saturday win at the straw poll in Ames and news of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Palwenty's departure from the presidential race.
"You can never say never in this business," King said.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa Rep. Steve King said Saturday that the ideal Ames Straw Poll candidate isn’t running.
“If you had Michele Bachmann as a candidate, and the network that Tim Pawlenty has put together over the last couple of years here, you would have a formidable combination,” the Republican told CNN after he addressed some two dozen supporters in a tent outside the straw poll venue. “But it looks like Minnesota doesn’t get along that well.”
Washington (CNN) - A well-known Iowa congressman assumed the role of political pundit on Tuesday, sizing up the strengths and weaknesses of fellow Republicans who are running for president.
Rep. Steve King represents Iowa's 5th district including Council Bluffs and Sioux City. CNN caught up with the congressman on a flight from Des Moines to Washington, D.C.