King, Citizens United to host potential 2016 candidates

Iowa Freedom Summit to take place in January 2015

Rep. Steve King of Iowa is a Republican member of the House of Representatives.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa is a Republican member of the House of Representatives.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kickoff featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January.

King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team up with Citizens United to host the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines Jan. 24.

Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Also in the lineup are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Additional speakers are expected to be announced in the near future.

“Midterm elections gave our country a dramatic shift in possibilities,” King said. “It is exactly the right time to bring our national leaders to Iowa to hear them cast a conservative vision for our Nation’s future.”

Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses have “created an informed, engaged and active electorate all eager to begin the evaluation process of potential leaders of the free world,” he said.

The Iowa Freedom Summit is modeled on the New Hampshire Freedom Summit earlier this year, and “will only build on that success and bring grass roots conservatives together in the Hawkeye State,” said David Bossie, president of Citizens United.

“This free event will focus on how America can get back on the right track” with speeches on “the importance of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense.”

The speakers at the one-day summit won’t be the first potential presidential candidates to visit Iowa in the 2016 election cycle. Others, such as conservative commentator Ben Carson and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are scheduled to visit before the end of the year.

Carson will speak at a Family Leader fundraiser Nov. 22 ion Des Moines. Sanders will speak at Progress Iowa’s holiday party Dec. 16 in Altoona.

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