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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:59 am 
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The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Governor Mike Huckabee will visit Des Moines, Iowa today--Tuesday, April 8--to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition. See details below.

Are any of you Iowans planning to attend?

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DES MOINES | Mike Huckabee, winner of the 2008 Iowa precinct caucuses and leader in a new poll of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, will be back in Iowa Tuesday.

Huckabee, the host of “Huckabee” in Fox News Channel, will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring KickOff April 8 at Point of Grace Church, 305 NE Dartmoor Dr., Waukee. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 pm.


Steve Scheffler, coalition president, said he expects a standing room only crowd of more than 400 to hear from Huckabee as well as Ralph Reed, National Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman, State Auditor Mary Mosiman, and master of ceremonies and GOP candidate for secretary of state Paul Pate of Cedar Rapids.

In a recent poll by WPA Opinion Research, Huckabee led a hypothetical 2016 GOP field with support of 14 percent of those surveyed. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul polled 10 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each took 8 percent in the poll that found that more than a quarter of voters were undecided.

Rep. Paul Ryan, who will speak at the Republican Party of Iowa Lincoln Dinner in Cedar Rapids April 11, polled 7 percent. He was tied by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. New Jersey Gov. Christie polled 6 percent and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, winner of the 2012 caucuses, received 5 percent of the vote. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal each polled 4 percent.


http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-a ... d3082.html

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:46 pm 
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Here is what CNN reported about today's meetings
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/20 ... k-in-iowa/

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(CNN) - As he considers another bid for the White House, Mike Huckabee heads to Iowa Tuesday, the state that put the former Arkansas governor on the national political map during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Huckabee will keynote the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's spring kickoff. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the group, which is very influential with social conservative voters in the Hawkeye State.

CNN has also learned that Huckbaee has several private meetings scheduled while he's in Iowa on Tuesday.

"The Governor has a lot of friends in Iowa and a lot of supporters in Iowa. They are all interested in his future and the visit to the state for this event is a good opportunity for him to discuss state and national politics with these supporters as he considers his own future," Chad Gallagher, executive director of HUCKPAC, Huckabee's political action committee, told CNN.

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Late last year Huckabee started talking like someone who was interested in running for president again. It was a very different language than what was heard from Huckabee prior to the 2012 election cycle, which the Fox News Channel weekend host sat out.

This is Huckabee's first trip to Iowa since late last year, when he met not only with social conservatives but also to business leaders, many of whom were suspicious of his economic populism during his 2008 run.

A few days after his Iowa trip, Huckabee heads to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first in the nation primary. Huckabee on Saturday will speak a "Freedom Summit" organized by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, two conservative groups. ...

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At the end of last year, Huckabee told Fox News that there was about a 50-50 chance he'd run for president again in 2016, and said he'd make a final decision after November's midterm elections...

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And 65% of Iowa Republicans questioned recently in a Des Moines Register poll said they thought it would be a good idea if the former Arkansas governor ran for president again. And a pro-GOP survey of Iowa Republicans conducted less than two weeks ago had Huckabee on top of the list of potential contenders for the party's presidential nomination.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:40 am 
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Following is a report from Des Moines Register after Gov. Huckabee's Iowa visit. What do you think?

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... a/7492129/

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WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee headlined a conservative forum Tuesday in Iowa, but he dropped few clues about whether he was considering a second run for president, despite having won the state’s coveted leadoff caucuses six years ago.

Huckabee kept his political remarks brief during a speech to a conservative Christian organization at a church in Waukee. Talking to about 600 devout social conservatives, he said Republicans had not lost the last two presidential elections because the party had the wrong message.

“We didn’t present it in a way that made sense to them, that gave them an understanding of what it is like to live as free and unshackled people,” Huckabee said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual spring event.

But during his 40-minute speech, he never used the word Iowa, nor did he hearken to his come-from-behind 2008 GOP caucus victory. That win didn’t propel him to the Republican nomination, but it enshrined him among Iowa’s vocal and politically potent evangelical conservatives.

Instead, Huckabee - a former Baptist minister - sought to encourage some of the GOP’s staunchest values-voters to do more than complain about the direction of the country.

“America’s not in trouble because of the secularists who defy God. America’s in trouble because those who are the salt have become more like sand,” Huckabee said. “And those who are supposed to be the light have become more like sand.”

Earlier in the day, Huckabee met privately with about a dozen of his former Iowa presidential campaign staff and key supporters. He asked the group what they were hearing about the mood in Iowa, said Susan Geddes, a top Iowa adviser to Huckabee in 2008....

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justgrace wrote:

Earlier in the day, Huckabee met privately with about a dozen of his former Iowa presidential campaign staff and key supporters. He asked the group what they were hearing about the mood in Iowa, said Susan Geddes, a top Iowa adviser to Huckabee in 2008....

I think this is a big enough clue for it being so early. He didn't have to meet with former campaign staff.

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Geddes said she came away from that private meeting believing Huckabee was open to another presidential campaign.
“He’s thinking about it,” Geddes said. “I think he’s more serious than I thought.”




There were numerous applause lines for Huckabee throughout the speech. He also touched on the Iowa Supreme Court justices’ ouster in 2010, abortion, TARP, the NSA, and he called the IRS a “criminal enterprise”.

If you’re looking for signs of whether or not Huckabee is serious about another presidential run, I believe the length of his speech might provide a clue.

Overall, it was excellent.




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:29 am 
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Great news.

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