King explains US Senate decision; Grassley derides “liberal” Harkin (AUDIO)

The Iowa Republican Party’s fundraising dinner tonight in Cedar Rapids featuring Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opened with a speech from Congressman Steve King.  King announced almost exactly a week ago (at 9:30 p.m. last Friday) that he would not run for the U.S. Senate.  King spoke about that decision, briefly.

AUDIO of King’s speech, runs 9:00

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley spoke next.  Grassley described the “once-in-a-generation opportunity” Iowa Republicans have after Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced in January that he won’t seek reelection.

“Washington is long, long overdue to get its fiscal house in order and gettin’ rid of a liberal U.S. Senator and getting us a Republican senator will go a long ways to change that,” Grassley said.

AUDIO of Grassley’s speech, runs 13:30

Rand Paul chose to roam the stage with a separate microphone that was not connected to the sound system set up for broadcasters. The audio, therefore, is not airable quality (it’s hard to understand what he’s saying, in other words). I won’t be posting it here.  You can find the audio of his afternoon news conference here.

CSPAN Video here of Paul’s speech in Cedar Rapids this evening.

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