To Iowa go the 2012ers
March 7th, 2011
12:16 PM ET
12 years ago

To Iowa go the 2012ers

(CNN) - With the addition of two more potential presidential candidates, the Conservative Principles Conference hosted by Iowa Rep. Steve King is turning into another big gathering of 2012 hopefuls.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will join Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, radio host Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and the banquet's keynote speaker, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, at the March 26th event in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. According to a press release, the politicians will join participating organizations which include the Tea Party Patriots, the Family Research Council and Citizens United.

According to the website for the Iowa congressman's Conservative Principles PAC, the group "has a unique opportunity to help filter the candidates' character, positions on the issues and, their ability to communicate, relate, and organize."

Six likely 2012 candidates will convene in Iowa Monday, with five taking part in the forum before a group of social conservatives.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's the whole "Motley Crew" to entertain the people of Iowa; the unsuccessful governor of Mississippi, the wife swapper and cheater, a looney tune character, the pizza guy, the loser, and the band leader. The rest of the crew will be assigned as needed, until then our program will be about complaining, hating and "taking our country backwards".

    March 7, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Mitt "the blankman" Romney, Mike "the squirrel" Huckabee, Sarah Palin (though she seems like she'll end up being the smartes one for not running), Michelle "(I'm not going there because CNN wont post)" Bachman, John "the stapler" Bolton, Donald "(insert your own funny here)" Trump, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, some Louissiana guy, Rick "man on dog" Santorum???!!!

    And this is the best the Republicans have to offer???!!!
    Can at least one Republican candidate not have some traumatic personal issues?

    March 7, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    These guys should all stay home. After all, CPAC already picked Ron Paul in their straw poll, and that other far right-wingnut group picked that business man that no one ever heard of in theirs. Therefore, the party purists have already decided the mainstream Republicans (even the ones who call themselves Conservative with a Capital C) just aren't Right enough for them.

    March 7, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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