To Iowa go the 2012ers
March 7th, 2011
12:16 PM ET
9 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. T'sah from Virginia

    Where's SARAH??? Has anyone seen SARAH!!

    March 7, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Not one of these pretenders stands a chance of beating Obama.

    March 7, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. NC

    2012 will be the year of the Republicans. There are way more qualified Republicans to correct the huge mess obama has made of our great country. obama is and will be a one term president. Vote Republican in 2012.

    March 7, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Now I can predict Obama 2 term president

    March 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    @Al, NY, NY...

    Doesn't matter which "pretender" as you call them runs in 2012. IF unemployment is over 8% and gas prices are $4 per gallon or more, Obama is toast. Take that to the bank.

    March 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Bob, Virginia

    Look at this collection of losers. Obama cruises in '12.

    March 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. B

    What a bunch of losers.

    A great follow on to their predecessor, you know, the biggest loser of them all – Bush.

    Bring um on, Obama is smiling .

    March 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    Wow!! The words "conservatives" and "principles" in one name. If that name is not an oxymoron, I don't know what is.

    Whomever came up with that has a boatload of chutzpah.

    March 7, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Seriously?

    NC – you're delusional! None of these idiots can beat Obama.

    March 7, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    ANYBODY, including your local dog catcher, is more qualified to be President than Obama the Destroyer. ANY of these people would be 100 times better than the empty suit occupying the Whitehouse right now. He is SUPPOSED to be LEADING this country, but all we have gotten are endless "present" votes. Americans were Obamboozled in 2008 with soaring speeches and promises of "change". They aren't going to fall for his BS again in 2012 now that we've seen what his definition of "change" is.

    March 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. bobden

    The 'huge mess' was created by, and hidden by the repugs. The huge deficit is not new - it has just come to light since our current president would not hide it.

    March 7, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    If any of these guys/gals are what Is wrong with the rethugs these two are number two and three on the list!!!
    I dont't consider the moronic imbelice from AK or the dingbat from MN worthy for anything except to make babies and that is still a huge question mark!

    March 7, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. fayse

    No to NC, The President is doing a good job in spite of the GOP/TP. He has been cleaning up the mess that nearly wiped our economy out before he took office. The GOP have no solutions and do you really think that they are qualified to clean up the mess that GWB left? The GOP's heads must be spinning when they have to face the fact that the unemployment rate is going down each month and the DOW is now over 12,000 consistently. The recovery is slow but already people have seen an increase in their 401K etc. If the GOP was sincere about JOBS and the economy for the good of America, we would all be better off.
    President Obama 2012, America is waking up and they can see for themselves that the GOP are obtructionists and only care about their super rich supporters.

    March 7, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Conservative Principles Conference? That will be a short one. It can be summed up like this:

    1) We hate eanyone who disagrees with us, and will threaten them by exercising " ...Second Amendment options".
    2) We support the uber- wealthy in their quest to decide everything that happens in this country, since because they are rich, they must be better than the rest of us and have been blessed by our Christian (preferably Protestant, but don't tell that to the Catholics or the Mormons) God.
    3) We must always blame everything on teacher's unions, Hollywood, and the Press, since FOX News tells us to do so: btw, you can purchase the Victoria Jackson CD on your way out, since she is too lacking in talent to earn a living any other way.
    4) Tax cuts for the wealthy NEVER produce deficits, even when combined with an inability to decrease spending to pet projects such as the backup engine for the Strike Fighter unless caught by your congressional colleagues: they generate votes back home for the conservative members of the House who have mastered the art of compartmentalising rhetoric from teh consequences of their actions.
    5) If you beat up and stomp a liberal protester, like the Rand Paul people did back in the fall, be sure to wear your black t-shirts and ALWAYS make sure you blame the 110-pound woman for provoking you, thus proving the righteousness of your cause.
    6) Everything is Obama's fault, especially TARP, the economic collapse of 2008 before he came into office, the earthquake in Haiti, etc.
    7) Everything is Obama's fault, especially TARP, the economic collapse of 2008 before he came into office, the earthquake in Haiti, etc.
    8) Repeat points 4 and 5 until you pass out.

    March 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    actually, I meant 6 & 7, but hopefully you get the idea. The topic is not worthy of a conference anymore, since the real conservative thinkers have either died or been beaten into Neanderthals.

    March 7, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. w l jones

    Why these conservative have a debate amonst each other and see which one can come up with a policy that can help the average American family so far I only heard nothing but air from this segment of their party.

    March 7, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Patchw3rk

    Sorry NC, I will be voting for Obama again. I also live in NC and I hope all of those signs I saw during 2007 and 2008 saying "Carolina is Obama Country" are proven right once again!

    March 7, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. DIANA

    To those of you who are planning on contributing to the Newt, you'd better save your money. He's just a scam artist. Look up the "awards" he would give to organizaitons – for a price. He gave an award to a strip club without even realizing it. He's asking for contributions and he hasn't even said he's going to run. What happens to the money when he decides not to run. He's worse than that witch O'Donnell.

    March 7, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    We need to change roules for runnig for office since so many candidates are now also news people. Just becuase they are not "official" candidates does not mean that they are not being given free air time. For every minute a potential candidate gets on the air- the incombent should be given that same amount of air time on that network.

    March 7, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. normajean

    In answer to one of the comments....If this president made a mess in the last two years, what was G.Bush doing in the preceding eight years. This administration inherited a mess the likes of which this country hadn't seen in a decade. Without any help from the Repubs, Obama at least has kept it from going completely under and without any help from the other party has managed to get things moving again. stop listening to Beck and might actually learn something that is true!

    March 7, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Ted

    Hey NC – which of the Republicans are actually going to run for president? Anyone good like Christie, Bush, Daniels? Or are you going to get the wackjobs, Palin/Huckabee/Romney/Backman/Jindal/Gingrich etc? HAHAHAHAHAHHA. Obama will win. Keep in mind that where we are right now is as a result of the wrongheaded policies of George W Bush who started wars that have cost us hundreds of billions of dollars that we are still mired in and deregulated the financial companies that ran amuck and put us into the Great Recession. We cannot stand anymore Republicans with policies like that.

    March 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. willie floyd

    Roll all these Reps. into one and you still wouldn't have one capable of unseating our president

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 7, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. lou

    ug, I don't like any of them. Guess I'll be sitting out another one.

    March 7, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA


    You know what they say about wishing for something and .... in the other hand...

    March 7, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    A gathering of people against middle class Americans.

    March 7, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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