Iowa Trip Count

The following trip counts represent known visits by prospective presidential candidates to Iowa since the 2008 election.

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle

  • Trip 1:  On Jan. 26, 2011, Angle attended the screening of a new film, “The Genesis Code, hosted by the Iowa Christian Alliance Education Fund and The Patriots Fund at Stoney Creek Court in Johnston.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

  • Trip 6 – On April 11, 2011, U.S. Rep. Bachmann will speak as part of the Presidential Lecture Series sponsored by the Family Leader, a social conservative activist group. The locations have not been announced.
  • Trip 5 – Bachmann is scheduled to participate in Iowa Congressman Steve King’s political action committee’s Conservative Principles Conference on March 26, 2011, to be held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
  • Trip 4 – Rep. Bachmann will be attendng the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ home-school day in Des Moines on March 23, 1011.
  • Trip 3: Bachmann spent an entire day in Iowa, first meeting with a group of approximately 50 Republican and Tea Party activists at Smokey Row, a coffee house in the Des Moines Sherman Hill neighboor; then holding meetings with Iowa Republican leaders and conservative activists at the Iowa Capitol, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstand; and wrapping the evening off as the keynote speaker at an Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser Jan. 21, 2011, held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The Iowans for Tax Relief is an advocacy and political group with roughly 55,000 members in Iowa.
  • Trip 2: On April 10, 2010, Rep. Bachmann headlined GOP Rep. Steve King’s annula Defenders of Freedom dinner and fundraiser in Sergeant Bluff.
  • Trip 1: Bachman was a speaker at the Iowa Tea Party State Convention on Nov. 1, 2009.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Reeves Barbour

  • Trip 4 – Barbour is slated to make his third appearance in Iowa, serving as keynote speaker at a first in a series of Iowa Republican Party fundraising dinners (Chairman’s Dinner) designed to strengthen county party organizations across the state. The event will take place March 15, 2011, in the Quad Cities.
  • Trip 3 – Haley Barbour was in Iowa Feb. 21, 2011, meeting with GOP officials, headlining a luncheon with the state party and visting the statehouse.
  • Trip 2 – Oct. 27, 2010 – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in Newton attending a rally for former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in his bid for re-election.
  • Trip 1 – Aug. 11, 2010 – Gov. Haley Barbour headlined a fundraiser in Des Moines for the Republican Governors Association.

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton

  • Trip 1 – Bolton is scheduled to participate in Iowa Congressman Steve King’s political action committee’s Conservative Principles Conference on March 26, 2011, to be held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

Herman Cain

  • Trip 5 – On March 26, 2011, Cain will be attending the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, sponsored by Representative King (R-IA).
  • Trip 4 – In March 2011, Herman Cain is scheduled to attend an event in Sioux City the Woodbury County Republican Party is calling a presidential forum. No additional details are available at this time.
  • Trip 3 – Cain is scheduled to attend Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event March 7, 2011. The event is set to take place at Point of Grace church at 305 NE Dartmoor Drive in Waukee, Iowa from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Trip 2 – Cain was in Cedar Rapids Jan. 15, 2011, where he told the small group of Republicans who gathered to see him at the Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center that he if he finds out his campaign has sufficient support, he is serious about running for president with the intention of winning the office. He said he has a specific strategy for winning the Republican nomination, which includes securing victories in states where Sen. John McCain underperformed in the 2008 election.
  • Trip 1- On Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, Cain spoke to a gathering of local residents about potentially forming an exploratory committee to seek the nomination for President in 2012. The event was held at Tish’s Restaurant on South 35th Street in Council Bluffs.

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) 

  • Trip 1: DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26, 2011, to serve as the keynote speaker at the Conservative Principles Conference, organized by Rep. Steve King’s political action committe. The event will be held at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines.

Newt Gingrich 

  • Trip 9 – Gingrich met with doctors and nurses as part of a tour of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Feb. 12, 2011. In addition, Gingrich’s advocacy group, American Solutions, hosted a listening session with approximately 25 small business owners and entrepreneurs who live in and around Iowa City. While in Iowa, Gingrich also served as the featured guest speaker at a fundraiser for Iowa’s State Rep. Tom Sands (R-Wapello). A crowd of approximately 100 people attended the event held in Fruitland Town Hall.
  • Trip 8 – On Jan. 25, 2011, Gingrich spoke at the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association’s annual summit at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines. Earlier in the day, Gingrich met with a group of about 30 lawmakers and staff before holding a series of small group meetings with House members. He also met with Gov. Terry Branstad. 
  • Trip 7 – Newt Gingrich will be in West Des Moines Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Borders signing copies of Valley Forge, his and William Forstchen’s new novel. His book tour continues at Iowa State University in Ames on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Cedar Rapids.
  • Trip 6 – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Sioux City in October 2010 for a get-out-the-vote rally sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party.
  • Trip 5 – Gingrinch paid a daylong visit to Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The former Republican Congressman who led the 1994 “Contract with America” campaign, was the speaker at a political action committee luncheon with about 75 people at the Jack Trice Club in Ames. The visit was sponsored by Team Iowa PAC, a group led by Bruce Rastetter of Ames-based Hawkeye Renewables. Gingrich then went to Pella, Iowa to lead a conversation with area business owners on the Iowa economy. He wrapped up the day by attending the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC fundraiser held in Waterloo.
  • Trip 4 – Gingrich attended the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 13, 2010, and then headed off the fairgrounds to serve as the headliner at the mid-afternoon fundraiser for a political action committee called PURSE, which stands for People United for Republican Sisters’ Elections.
  • Trip 3 – Newt Gingrich was back in Iowa on July 12, 2010, for lead a workshop for GOP candidates running in 2010 for the Iowa legislature. While in Des Moines, Gingrich also attended a fundraiser for Brad Zaun, Republican candidate for Iowa’s third Congressional district
  • Trip 2 – Gingrich was the featured speaker at the Polk County GOP fund-raising event in Des Moines held May 26, 2010. At 2:30 p.m. on that same day, he was the guest speaker in the American Future Fund’s conservative lecture series at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.
  • Trip 1 – On May 27, 2009, While in Iowa to promote his new book, “To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine,” Newt Gingrich may be testing the waters for a presidential bid. Gingrich said he plans to announce his decision in February or March 2011.

Mike Huckabee

  • Trip 7 – Huckabee will be making stops in six Iowa cities on Feb. 27-28, 2011, promoting his book, “A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t),” including Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City and Waterloo.
  • Trip 6 – Former Arkansas Governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus, Mike Huckabee, will be in Des Moines Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. He will be the keynote speaker at the “Celebrate the Family” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Federated Church in Des Moines. Huckabee will be speak about the role of the church regarding God-honoring civics, the current assault on life, marriage and family, and what it means to be a Christian statesman.
  • Trip 5 – 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee was in Iowa Feb. 24, 2010, helping his former Iowa campaign chairman, Bob Vander Plaats. He attended a fund-raiser in Cedar Rapids, headlined an event for the Iowa Family Policy Center in Des Moines and then back to Cedar Rapids that evening for a rally for the Vander Plaats campaign.
  • Trip 4 – Huckabee attended a book-signing event on Nov. 8, 2009, at the Barnes & Nobel in Cedar Rapids. He was on a nationwide tour to promote his book “A Simple Christmas.”
  • Trip 3 – On June 10, 2009, Huckabee spoke at the Iowa Associate Business and Industry Conference. Huckabee was also the headliner at a fund-raiser on June 10, 2009, in Okoboji, Iowa, for presumptive Republican Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.
  • Trip 2 – Mike Huckabee shocked the country by winning the Iowa Republican caucus in 2008, while spending far less than the other major candidates. On Nov. 20, 2008, Huckabee was in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines as part of a 56-city book tour promoting his book “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America.”
  • Trip 1 –Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister who rose to the first tier of Republican candidates for president, returned to Iowa the week of Dec. 21, 2007, for the first time after the November 2007 election. He attended rallies at small communities throughout the state, including Marshalltown and Dike.

 Louisina Gov. Piyush Amrit “Bobby” Jindal

  • Trip 2 – (Oct. 27, 2010) Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) made a stop in Iowa as a part of a multistate tour to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidates. He was in Iowa stumping for Terry Branstad and participated in a rally of the Jasper County Republicans in Newton.
  • Trip 1 – (Nov. 22, 2008) Governor Jindal gave the keynote address at a “Celebrating the Family” banquet and fundraiser for the Iowa Family Policy Center held at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. The Iowa Family Policy Center is a conservative Christian group.  

Gary Johnson

  • Trip 3 – Johnson was in Iowa Feb. 10, 2011, where he visited with potential caucus-goers and media at an Ames coffee shop, as part of the Our American Initiative, a 501(c)4 political action committee.
  • Trip 2 – (August 30-September 1, 2010) The former Governor of New Mexico and honorary chairman of the OUR America Initiative returned to Iowa for a second time “to visit with citizen and student groups to discuss pertinent issues of the day.” Johnson’s visit included stops at the Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana at Drake University, Students for Liberty event at the University of Iowa Business College, and Super Liberty and Tea Party at the Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport.
  • Trip 1 – (July 2010) Governor Johnson’s first trip to Iowa involved participation in the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa event. He held several public events along the route.

 Fred Karger

  • Trip 5 – Karger’s fifth trip to Iowa was Nov. 23, 2010, in which he unveiled his first commercial to run in the state and named his exploratory committee’s state director, Nathan Treloar. Treloar is the former communications director for the Iowa Republican Party, who ran Mark Rees’ campaign for Iowa’s the 3rd Congressional District nomination in the 2010 elections. The announcement was made at the Embassy Suites on the River in Des Moines.
  • Trip 4 – Karger’s fourth trip to Iowa included three appearances on Oct. 26, 2010, at the University of Iowa – Family Law Class, a meeting with a student organization and Iowa College Republicans. On Oct. 27, Karger spoke to the Iowa State College Republicans in Ames.
  • Trip 3 – Karger made an appearance at the Iowa Republican Party’s booth on Aug. 18, 2010.
  • Trip 2 – Unknown
  • Trip 1 – April 2010, location unknown.

Sarah Palin

  • Trips 3 and 4 – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palinmade two stops in Iowa on her American By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag book tour. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, 6-9 p.m., Borders, West Des Moines; Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Walmart, Spirit Lake
  • Trip 2 – Sarah Palin was the speaker at the annual Ronald Reagan dinner in Des Moines Sept. 17, 2010, the yearly fund-raiser for the Iowa Republican Party.
  • Trip 1 – Palin was in Sioux City on Dec. 6, 2009, signing copies of her autobiography “Going Rogue” at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, Southern Hills Mall.

 Texas Rep. Ron Paul

  • Trip 5 – March 23, 2011 – Purpose and location not yet announced
  • Trip 4 – On March 7, 2011, Paul will speak as part of the Presidential Lecture Series sponsored by the Family Leader, a social conservative activist group. The locations have not been announced.
  • Trip 3 – The Congressman and former presidential candidate spoke at the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa Oct. 29. He also headlined fund-raisers for six Iowa Republican candidates Oct. 28 and 29, 2010.
  • Trip 2 – U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was in Des Moines on June 25, 2010. He spoke to about 320 people at Hy-Vee Hal at a celebration of the U.S. Constitution. The event was a prelude to the Iowa Republican Party’s convention that started June 26, 2010.
  • Trip 1 – Congressman Dr. Ron Paul was in Des Moines for Campaign for Liberty’s Iowa conference May 14-16, 2010. The conference featured a public rally with Paul on Friday night, a forum on “The Future of Conservatism in America.”

Tim Pawlenty

  • Trip 10 – Pawlenty is scheduled to attend Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event March 7. The event is set to take place at Point of Grace church at 305 NE Dartmoor Drive in Waukee, Iowa from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Trip 9 – On Feb. 7, 2011, Pawlenty particiated in the Family Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series, making stops at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Dordt College in Sioux Center and the Vermeer Auditorium at Pella Christian High School.
  • Trip 8 – Former Governor Tim Pawlenty will be at a book signing in West Des Moines at Barnes & Noble on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at 11 a.m., as part of his national book tour.
  • Trip 7 – Pawlenty will be signing his book, Courage to Stand, in Ankeny on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2010, at 4 p.m. at the Family Christian Book Store. Then make a speech at the Waukee Chamber of Commerce dinner.
  • Trip 6 – Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty made stops in Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Ames during the weekend of Oct. 9-10, 2010, to help Republican candidates running in the mid-term elections. Pawlenty joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad at the Hamilton County Republican fundraiser in Williams on Oct. 9, 2010.
  • Trip 5 – Governor Pawlenty returned to Iowa in Iowa Aug. 11-12, 2010, for a series of fundraisers for local GOP candidates. On Aug. 12 he made a swing by the Iowa State Fair.
  • Trip 4 – Pawlenty made a to Iowa July 31 and Aug. 1, 2010, that took him to five cities in the eastern part of the state. Pawlenty participated in a string of fundraisers and then wrapped up the trip with a speech to Republicans in Davenport. Every candiate Pawlenty speaks for gets at least $500 from his political action committee.
  • Trip 3 – Pawlenty made an unannounced, low-key appearance in Iowa in July 2010, to speak to a conference of pastors.
  • Trip 2 – On April 17, 2010, Governor Pawlenty spoke at an event for Iowans for Tax Relief on Iowa Taxpayer’s Day.
  • Trip 1 – Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was the featured guest at the “Leadership for Iowa” gathering Nov. 7, 2009, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines where he appeared with the Republican Party’s candidates for Governor of Iowa.

Mike Pence

  • Trip 2 – U.S. Rep. Mike Pence made his second trip to Iowa in October 2010, where he spoke at a Des Moines event organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and Iowa Christian Alliance.
  • Trip 1 In July 2010, Pence took part in a Linn County fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa and a Sioux City fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Steve King.

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer

  • Trip 1 –  Roemer is scheduled to attend Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event March 7. The event is set to take place at Point of Grace church at 305 NE Dartmoor Drive in Waukee, Iowa from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Mitt Romney

  • Trip 2 – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was in Cedar Rapids, Bettendorf and Dubuque, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2010, participating in the “Road to Victory” events with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor nominee Kim Reynolds. The events were sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party. Romney is weighing a bid for the presidency; he finished second in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
  • Trip 1 – Mitt Romney visited Iowa on March 29, 2010, signing his second book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” at the Des Moines Central Library and making a speech at Iowa State University in Ames.

Rick Santorum

  • Trip 14 – On May 2, 2011, Santorum will speak as part of the Presidential Lecture Series sponsored by the Family Leader, a social conservative activist group. The locations have not been announced.
  • Trip 13 – Santorum is scheduled to participate in Iowa Congressman Steve King’s political action committee’s Conservative Principles Conference on March 26, 2011, to be held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
  • Trip 12 – In March 2011, Santorum is scheduled to attend an event in Sioux City the Woodbury County Republican Party is calling a presidential forum.  No additional details are available.
  • Trip 11 – Santorum is scheduled to attend Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event March 7.
  • Trip 10 – On Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, Santorum spoke at the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association’s annual summit at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines. On Wednesday, Santorum held private meetings and appeared on WHO radio.
  • Trip 9 – Prospective 2012 Presidential candidate, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) met with members of the American Principles Project’s Iowa Advisory Board and special guests in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.
  • Trip 8 – Santorum will be in the Quad Cities Dec. 15-16, 2010, for private meetings with activists and party leaders. He’ll also address members of the Quad City Tea Party at an event in Bettendorf, Iowa, that is open to the media.
  • Trip 7 – On Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, Santorum attended a volunteer rally at the Scott County Victory Headquarters in Davenport, and then attended a luncheon for State House Candidate Paul Kern.
  • Trip 6 – On Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, Former Senator Santorum was the keynote speaker for a luncheon with Linn Eagles, a organization committee to furthering a strong Republican presence in Linn County. At 5:30 p.m. that same day, Santorum attended a fundraiser for State Representative Jeff Kaufmann, at his farm in Wilton.
  • Trip 5 – Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was in Iowa in August 2010, beginning in northwest Iowa and then visiting the Iowa Republican Party’s booth at the Iowa State Fair. During his trip to Iowa, Santorum said he hasn’t started a “serious” fund-raising effort yet, because he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run for president.
  • Trip 4 – Rick Santorum was in Davenport on June 25, 2010. He was the featured speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Scott County Republican Party’s Lincoln Club.
  • Trip 3 – On March 30, 2010, former Senator Rick Santorum addressed local Council Bluffs residents at a Dutch treat luncheon hosted by the Pottawattamie County Republican Party.
  • Trip 2 – In March 2010, Rick Santorum keynoted the Iowa Christian Alliance’s Spring Kick-off at Walnut Creek Community Church in Windsor Heights.
  • Trip 1 – In September 2009, Santorum, who lost his senatorial seat in 2006, gave the final lecture in a year-long series put on by the American Future Fund, a conservative group based in Iowa. Santorum spoke to conservative Iowans at the University of Dubuque.

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