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March 7th, 2011

Gingrich and Barbour to Attend King’s Conservative Principles Conference

By Craig Robinson

In terms of presidential politics in Iowa, the month of March is coming in like a lion.  With Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, and Herman Cain all in state today, Iowa is once again the hub of 2012 activity.  It now appears that March will not go out like a lamb like the old saying goes, as candidates are making plans to be back at the end of the month.

Congressman Steve King’s Conservative Action Conference in Des Moines on March 26th as already attracted some big names, but now more potential presidential candidates are making plans to attend. Governor Haley Barbour and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich have committed to participate. They will be joined by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Ambassador John R. Bolton, Herman Cain, former Senator Rick Santorum.  The event will conclude with Senator Jim DeMint.

King’s event could very well end up being one of the must-attend events of the spring.  In addition to the three potential presidential candidates, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who could end up being a presidential candidate himself, is keynoting the event.  Also attending King’s March 26th event is Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and a number of other nationally respected speakers and activists.

Conservative Principles Conference will be held at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue. The Conference will begin with registration at 8:00 am with the program beginning at 9:00 am. An evening reception and banquet will begin at approximately 5:00 pm.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, 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 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, 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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