My apologies readers, my previous post with this title has disappeared, so I am reworking and republishing. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) hosted the Conservative Principles conference in Des Moines. The Iowa Republican straw poll put businessman and radio host Herman Cain at the top of the ticket in their straw poll.
The ballots asked attendees who their first and second choices were for President in 2012. 127 people answered the first question. Almost 1/3 of them chose Herman Cain. 83 people responded with their first and second choice. Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was tops of people’s second choice with 27 votes. Cain came in behind her with 18 votes. Source: The Iowa Republican – the full slate here.
Cain’s spread between the second place Newt Gingrich was huge: Cain 42 votes, Gingrich 16. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann came as first pick for Vice President with 27 votes to Herman Cain’s second place at 18 votes.
I would like to see Rep. Allen West in Vice Presidential polling. Newt Gingrich recently said he would consider a VP from Florida for his campaign, leaving us to ponder whether that might be freshman Senator Marco Rubio or freshman Congressman Allen West. West has said he might be willing to accept a Veep nomination, but did not say whether he open to being Newt’s veep.
King invited notables to speak: former president of Godfather Pizza Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. Former Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum had to decline the invitation due to an unspecified family medical emergency. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) gave the keynote address and offered a litmus test for choosing conservative candidates. Read that story here.
Participants in the Transforming America panel are Marilyn Rickert of FairTax.org, Mike George of Strong America Now, Greg Mourad of Right to Work, and David Bossie of Citizens United.
The Family Values panel participants are Family Research Council Action President Connie Mackey, Brian Brown with the National Organization for Marriage, and Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project.
Guests on the ObamaCare Repeal panel are Betsy McCaughey, PhD, and Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots.
The Media Panel features Jan Mickelson of WHO Radio, Tony Katz of PJTV, and Craig Robinson of TheIowaRepublican.com.
In my previous post that has now disappeared into the ether, I quoted an article saying the Iowa GOP has added the Fair Tax and the abolishment of the IRS to their platform. Sorry, I cannot find that story to link to this morning. Tip: Doug Ross has stepped out with the Top 10 conservative candidates with an opinion about their weaknesses and strengths. This is a good place to start your Election 2012 research. (Thanks to Adrienne’s Corner)