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Iowa's Steve King: Scott Walker, Ted Cruz Shined at Freedom Summit

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 04:31 PM

In last weekend's Des Moines, Iowa, "cattle call" of contenders for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, Rep. Steven King of Iowa believes that two candidates had the best showing in the race.

King, who sponsored, attended, and spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit, said that in his opinion, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who delivered a fiery speech with his shirt sleeves rolled up, and tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas stood way above the rest.

"Probably the person who helped himself the most would be Scott Walker," King told Bloomberg Politics. "The bar wasn't as high, and he gave a good speech. He connected with the audience in a good, constructive way."

Of Cruz, King said, "Basically, the press reports I read were mostly accurate in their analysis. I think Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think he cleared that bar. I don't know how much greater than expectations it was, but he at least met and then exceeded expectations. I'm confident that he did for the people who had not heard him speak before."

King had a kind word for everyone who spoke at the summit, even Sarah Palin, who, when her teleprompter froze, stunned the crowd with a rambling, disjointed, and bizarre ad-libbed speech.

"Of all the things that could be said, why would people focus on a component that could be described as negative?" King asked.

"When you talk to her personally, there's that Sarah Palin lilt in her voice that brings out her personality and her attitude. I think that overshadows anything that anybody has for criticism."

King said he even invited Palin along on his Sunday pheasant hunt, and commented, "I almost convinced her," Bloomberg reported.

In his review, King was kind to all the candidates who attended, Talking Points Memo said.

"[New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie helped himself. He was humorous, he was personal, and it was a good move for him to be there."

Of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, King said, "You probably noticed this, but when she came out the response was warm but not overwhelming. She converted that warmth into standing ovations multiple times," Bloomberg reported.

Other Republican luminaries speaking at the event included former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and real-estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump.

Front-runners Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, did not attend.

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In last weekend's Des Moines, Iowa, "cattle call" of contenders for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, Rep. Steven King of Iowa believes that two candidates had the best showing in the race.
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