2016 Presidential Watch: Events draw hopefuls to Iowa

January 22, 2015

Iowa Freedom Summit – Saturday: Republican Congressman Steve King is hosting a first-time event, the Iowa Freedom Summit, which some are calling the opening event of the 2016 Iowa caucus process. Twenty-three Republican officials and influencers have committed to attend the sold-out event at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Participants include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; former Arkansas Governor and winner of the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll Mike Huckabee; former Alaska Governor and 2008 nominee for Vice President Sarah Palin; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; business leader Donald Trump; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and several others. Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst will also attend.

Learn more at iafreedomsummit.com.

Iowa Agriculture Summit – March 7: This week, Iowa agribusiness leader and prominent Republican campaign donor Bruce Rastetter announced he will host a forum for potential 2016 presidential candidates. Rastetter has invited 23 participants from both major parties to the Iowa Agriculture Summit, which will take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The event is free. Visit iowaagsummit.com for more information and to register.