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March 26th, 2010

Santorum to Return to Iowa Next Week

Santorum in IowaIt seems as if former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has a little crush on the state of Iowa. Yesterday, Santorum’s America’s Foundation leadership PAC announced that Sen. Santorum will be back in Iowa next Tuesday.

Santorum will be a special guest at a Dutch treat luncheon that is being hosted by the Pottawattamie County Republican Party on Tuesday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m. at Tish’s Restaurant. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

In the press release, Naomi Leinen, acting Chair of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party said, “Following the passage of the health care bill this week, we are especially looking forward to hearing from former Senator Santorum about how he believes we can get our country back on the right track. His conservative values will resonate well in Council Bluffs, and we are excited for the opportunity to hear what he has to say.”

“I am thrilled to visit Council Bluffs to discuss the many critical issues — health care, the economy and national security — our country is facing. I look forward to sharing my views with local residents about how we can best tackle these challenges,” Santorum added.

This marks the third time since October that Santorum has visited the state. Last fall, he was the speaker at the American Future Fund’s lecture series event in Dubuque. While in Iowa for that event, he also met with Pro-Life advocates in Des Moines.

Earlier this month, Santorum headlined the Iowa Christian Alliance kickoff in Des Moines. The next day he also endorsed Brenna Findley’s campaign for Iowa Attorney General at an event for her at the Airport Holiday Inn.

Now Santorum is headed to western Iowa. Coincidence? I don’t think so. No potential 2012 presidential candidate has done more to introduce themselves to Iowans in the last year than Santorum has.

In addition to attending these events, Santorum has quietly reached out to some of the state’s best-known Republican activists and opinion makers. It seems as if Santorum is very serious about a potential 2012 presidential run. Thus far, he is doing all the things a potential presidential candidates need to do in advance of a caucus campaign.

Event Details:

Who: Former Senator Rick Santorum
What: Pottawattamie County GOP Luncheon
Where: Tish’s Restaurant
1207 South 35th Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa

When: Tuesday, March 30 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CT

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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