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January 27th, 2011

TIR Exclusive: Sen. Jim DeMint is Iowa Bound

By Craig Robinson has confirmed that South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint will soon visit the Hawkeye State.  Sen. DeMint is scheduled to travel to the home of the First-In-The-Nation caucus on Saturday, March 26th.

DeMint will be in Iowa to keynote an event for Congressman Steve King.  The event, which is being billed as a “conference,” will not be held in the 5th Congressional District, which King represents, but rather it will be held in Des Moines.  King will release more details about the event later today.

Just yesterday, DeMint told CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer that he’s not running for President, but that’s not preventing Human Event’s “Conservative of the Year” from traveling to Iowa later this spring.  President Obama once emphatically told reporters that he wasn’t running for president, yet today, his family occupies the most famous address in the world.

For months, members of the news media have lamented over the relatively slow start to the 2012 caucuses.  That slow start is now a thing of the past as potential candidates like Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Tim Pawlenty have all visited the state lately, and the national media is now eagerly following the race.

Bachmann’s visit a week ago created quite a stir as FOX News followed her every step, but for one reason or another, Bachmann didn’t utilize one of her biggest assets while in Iowa – her personal relationship with King.  Many question whether or not Bachmann will actually run for president in 2012, but the news that King is bringing in DeMint to the state is the largest development to occur in the young caucus season.

Many conservatives across the nation, including some here in Iowa, would like to see DeMint run for president.  It’s easy to see what these people like in him.  His conservative credentials are impeccable.  His willingness to stand up to his own party is admirable.  And, his appeal as a candidate would be broad.

We should also not forget that DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is largely responsible for giving the country Senators Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey, but he also helped elect Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ron Johnson as well.

Just like he did in those 2010 U.S. Senate races, maybe DeMint would rather play kingmaker than be the king himself.  The idea that the conservative icon from Iowa (King) will be hosting the conservative icon from South Carolina (DeMint) makes this one event that Iowa caucus goers, and of course the media, will not want to miss.

If DeMint is absolutely not running for president, and King’s “conference” is opened up to other presidential candidates to attend, this might even turn out to be the most important and public job interview any presidential candidate will ever have.

Receiving the seal of approval from both King and DeMint would go a long way toward paving the way to the nomination when you consider the political sway both King and DeMint have in their respective states, which hold two of the first three major contests. will post the details of this event when they are made available.

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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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