Laying the Groundwork?
by Jen Green
Yesterday, the Republican Party of Iowa announced an event in February to celebrate the very first plank in the their party platform: LIFE. Well, you say, that’s not a big deal. They do that kind of thing all the time in states across the country. Yet another social conservative fundraising event/dinner certainly isn’t news.
I’m really glad you asked. There are two things about this event that make it quite newsworthy.
First, is its keynote speaker. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee came out of political nowhere in 2008 to win the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. He catapulted to the national stage from there and has remained a stalwart favorite in the eyes of Iowa’s social conservatives. There was great distress when he decided in 2011 that he would not be repeating his run for president.
However, given the devastating loss of the GOP establishment in this last election, could the very popular Fox News talk show host and commentator be eyeing another run? He’s sure to be a formidable force in many key states if he does, including Iowa and South Carolina and other southern states.
If he is considering a run in 2016, then re-engaging in Iowa is definitely a first step.
The second newsworthy item about this event is who the hosts are. No, it’s not unique that the Republican party of state would be inviting a Republican star like Huckabee . . . but it is when the Republican party of the state is run largely by folks who supported Ron Paul in the last two caucuses and who have been accused of trying to “take over” the party to the detriment of the social causes of life and marriage.
Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship . . . or at least a necessary coalition?
If you’re interested in taking part in this excellent event, here’s all the details:
Join hundreds of pro-life advocates and special guest Mike Huckabee as the Republican Party of Iowa hosts a “Celebrate Life” one day event!
This event will feature several pro-life speakers, state and national organizations, grassroots instruction on defending life, breakout sessions to become a more effective leader and much more. And of course the event will feature our special guest of honor, former Governor and current foxnews host Mike Huckabee!
The event will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 3-6pm at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.
In order to encourage as many people as possible to attend and recognize the importace of defending life, a ticket to the conference is only $10 per person! Families can buy a “Family Pass” for only $20, good for the entire family and children. We will also be hosting a freewill offering at the event to help us defend life.
For more information or to RSVP, click here.