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June 15th, 2010

Santorum to Headline Republican State Convention Lunch

TheIowaRepublican.com is pleased to announce that former United States Senator Rick Santorum will headline the Republican State Convention luncheon on Saturday, June 26th at Hy-Vee hall in Des Moines.

The lunch is free of charge to all convention delegates and will be located in Hall C of Hy-Vee Hall.  In addition to Santorum, the event will also feature Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn, and Craig Robinson, the Editor-in-Chief of TheIowaRepublican.com.  The Iowa Progress Project, the American Future Fund, and TheIowaRepublican.com are sponsoring the event.

Santorum is universally recognized as a steadfast leader and defender of the first principles upon which our nation was founded. Advocating a vision for our nation rooted in tradition through family and nurtured by empowering the individual, Santorum is a tireless and unapologetic advocate of American values and potential.  He is a champion of the intrinsic value of the human person as the founding principle of conservatism.

In recent months Santorum has been a regular visitor to the First-in-the-Nation caucus state.  In March, Santorum headlined the Iowa Christian Alliance’s spring kickoff event, the same event Mike Huckabee spoke at a couple years before he eventually asked Iowans for their vote in the caucuses.  Santorum has visited Des Moines, Dubuque, and Council Bluffs since last fall.

Santorum is considered by most to be a long shot if he decides to run for president.  Having lost his re-election bid to the United States Senate in 2006, Santorum doesn’t have a current political office from which to launch a national campaign.

While he might not be your prototypical presidential candidate, his regular appearances as a Fox News contributor, columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and regular radio gig for Bill Bennett’s ‘Morning in America’ nationally syndicated radio program helps him remain in the national dialogue.

Santorum has proved himself to be one of the more serious politicians considering a 2012 presidential run.  In his previous speeches in Iowa, Santorum has flexed his national security bona fides, attacked the Obama administration’s fiscal policies, and shown that refuses to waiver on social issues like abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and traditional marriage.

He has also shown a willingness to do something that very few politicians ever do – admit when they were wrong.   One of Santorum’s major liabilities is his 2004 endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter.  At CPAC and at the Iowa Christian Alliance event this spring, he showed remorse for his 2004 endorsement.

Santorum has a lot of work to do before people consider him to be a serious presidential contender, but the fact that he is a full-spectrum conservative makes him one of the most complete candidates in race should he decide to run.

He is an excellent speaker who has a firm grasp on the most important issues facing our nation today.  I look forward to listening to his remarks at the state convention later this month.  I hope you will be able to join us.

Note: TheIowaRepublican.com is not endorsing or promoting any potential 2012 presidential candidate.  We will look for additional opportunities to highlights other candidates at future events.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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