Congressman Steve King will join Senator Jim DeMint and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of American Principles Project, on the panel asking questions of Republican presidential candidates Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, Governor Rick Perry, and Governor Mitt Romney at the Palmetto Freedom Forum. The event takes place on Monday, September 5, at 3:00 pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Candidates will take the stage one at a time during the Palmetto Freedom Forum and be asked questions by the three panelists making this a unique venue for extracting their views on the issues. “I am looking forward to engaging the candidates in this manner,” King remarked. “Rather than political theater seen at many debates, this format will give us the opportunity to drill down and evaluate their commitment to key Constitutional principles.”
In January this year, King made the case for planning and coordinating presidential debates type events in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. As the vision became a reality, DeMint joined King for King’s Conservative Principles Conference held in March which led off the process in Iowa. In April, as part of the strategy, New Hampshire activists organized their candidate event which featured King and DeMint. Now American Principles Project is sponsoring the Palmetto Freedom Forum with DeMint as host.
“Activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and other early states take their responsibility to vet the candidates seriously. The Palmetto Freedom Forum gives us a valuable opportunity to take the measure of the candidates, one of whom will be called upon to lead this country back to our Constitutional roots and economic prosperity,” King stated.
The Palmetto Freedom Forum will be broadcast live by CNN, streamed live online at www.townhall.com, and broadcast live by South Carolina Educational Television, giving the event world-wide exposure.
King represents Iowa’s 5th Congressional District and is a member of the US House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees and Chairman of the legendary Conservative Opportunity Society. He was elected to Congress in 2002 after serving six years in the Iowa Senate. In 2008 and 2010, King was re-elected with over 60 percent of the vote and won each of the 32 counties in the District. A former small businessman, King built an earth-moving contracting company from scratch. Together he and his wife, Marilyn, a former teacher, have three grown sons and five grandchildren. King is a candidate for re-election to the US House representing Iowa’s new 4th Congressional District, a result of redistricting.
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