By Marion Algier – Ask Marion
Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker were among the most popular speakers at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. Many of the potential 2016 Republican hopefuls flocked to the Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend and amazingly, if I a bit skewed, the highlights were covered by both ABC and NBC.
The summit was hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, whose events have become must-attends for politicians looking to build up credibility with conservative voters in Iowa.
Video: Gov. Sarah Palin at the Iowa Freedom Summit – 1/24/15
Video: Sen. Ted Cruz at the Iowa Freedom Summit – 1/24/15
Video: Gov. Scott Walker – Iowa Freedom Summit – 1/24/15
Many of the most buzzed-about potential Republican White House hopefuls attended Saturday’s summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place event space Des Moines, in addition to Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Scott Walker were conservative darling Ben Carson, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Donald Trump and former Arkansas governor and Fox News star Mike Huckabee.
Almost as important as the attendees however were those potential candidates who didn’t hobnob with Iowa conservatives this weekend: former Gov. and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.