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May 9th, 2012

King to Participate in at least Eight Debates in 4th Congressional District Race

(EARLY, IA) – Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) today announced his intention to participate in at least eight debates across the 4th Congressional District, with at least two in the Lincoln Douglas format.

“Voters want us to debate the issues. Since I first challenged my opponent to a series of six debates in March, the response from the voters of the 4th District has been overwhelmingly positive,” said King. “The response has been so great, I’m agreeing to two additional debates – to make sure the entire district has the opportunity to learn exactly where we stand on the issues. I am confident our two campaigns will iron out the final details for a series of eight or more debates providing voters with numerous opportunities to hear about our visions for our district, state, and nation.”

Congressman King has agreed to the following debates against his opponent, Christie Vilsack:

1.     WHO radio debate, July 30, 2012 at 7 p.m., with moderator(s) to be determined

2.     Iowa Central Community College debate, Fort Dodge, August 22, 2012, time, and moderator(s) to be determined

3.     Clay County Fair debate, Spencer, September 8, 2012, time, location, and moderator(s) to be determined

4.     Ames Tribune, Ames Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters of Ames and Iowa State University’s Committee on Lectures debate at Iowa State University, Saturday, September 22, 2012, time to be determined (Lincoln Douglas format)

5.     Morningside College debate, Sioux City, open to all media outlets, September 29, 2012, time and moderator(s) to be determined

6.     Santa Maria Vineyard and Winery debate, Carroll, October 25, 2012, time and moderator(s) to be determined

7.     Mason City Globe Gazette/KGLO/KIMT debate, Mason City, Thursday, November 1, 2012, with time, location and moderator(s) to be determined

8.     Northwestern College debate, Orange City, date, time and moderator(s) to be determined

Representatives of King for Congress look forward to working out the details, including dates, times, formats, and moderators with the Vilsack campaign.


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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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