Congressman King’s big Saturday shindig

Congressman Steve King (photo courtesy of Dave Davidson,

A handfull of candidates who have said they are pondering a campaign for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination are due to speak today in Des Moines at a forum organized by Congressman Steve King and his staff.

This isn’t the first forum King’s organized.  A few years ago he held a forum in this very same downtown Des Moines hotel, focuwed on immigration reform, featuring then-Congressman J.D. Hayworth of Arizona and others who share King’s viewpoint on the issue.

Today’s event is billed as the “Conservative Principles Conference.”  King was introduced to the crowd shortly after 9 a.m. this morning as the “most sought after endorsement” in Iowa for a presidential candidate.  As you may recall, King endorsed Fred Thompson in the closing days of 2007.

King declared himself “wide awake and ready to go and launch off this caucus season.”

Iowans have an “extraordinary responsibility” to shape the campaign debate, according to King, who described that responsibility as both “a privilege and a blessing…I know how seriously you take this.”

King spoke for several minutes, referring to the next GOP nominee as a “him.”  Listen to KingMarch26

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.