DES MOINES – Another potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate has accepted an invitation to address a key GOP constituency group as Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus season continues to gear up.
Officials of the FAMiLY LEADER organization say U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has confirmed he will be the featured speaker at their Presidential Lecture Series on March 7. Congressman Paul is scheduled to deliver a pro-family lecture and meet with members of Leadership Roundtables at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Pella Christian High School in Pella, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Congressman Paul will follow former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is kicking off the educational series today.
Organizers of the Presidential Lecture Series say its purpose is to provide national figures with a pre-planned, full day in Iowa to introduce them to Iowans and to give citizens an educational opportunity to become better informed on the pro-family vision of each lecturer. The lectures will be videotaped and posted on www.TheFamilyLeader.com.
The FAMiLY LEADER will host the Presidential Lecture Series each month through August 1. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is scheduled for April 11 and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., on May 2. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman/radio host Herman Cain have also made commitments to participate. Other invited Republican speakers include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.
Organizers say they have been unable to reach former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
The Presidential Lecture Series will culminate with a presidential forum on Nov. 19 at a location to be determined in Des Moines.
The 2012 Iowa precinct caucuses – the first test of presidential strength – are slated to take place in February 2012.