Freedom, liberty and President Barack Obama's destruction of American government were the dominant themes at the weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit, according to Citizens United President David Bossie.
"The Republicans who were speaking as potential candidates were very much focused on the fact that Obama is leading American down a path that we ought not to go," he told "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV
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"Whether it's through sham and shady legislative deem and pass, getting his legislation through Congress or through executive fiat, the only things he's done are quasi-legal."
Sarah Palin was panned for her "meandering and often bizarre" speech, as the National Review's John Fund
described it, though Bossie defended her appearance.
"She's a rock star," he said. "Not every single person that was there was on that day.
"Sarah Palin delivered some very powerful points in her presentation, whether or not they were the connective tissue of her speech, (or the speech) was perfect in its writing or delivery was neither here or there to me because the people of Iowa, the Republican, conservative voters of Iowa, love them some Palin and she got a tremendous response. Even if the media wants to continue to attack her, they would've attacked her anyway."
Palin's speech included a line saying that "the man can only ride you when your back is bent, so strengthen it so America won't get taken for a ride."
The New York Daily News reports
that Palin's "nonsensical tirades" occurred when her teleprompter broke.
"What will they do to stop causing our pain and start feeling it again" she said, referencing Obamacare. "Well, in other words, um — is Hillary a new Democrat or an old one?"
Bossie lauded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as "courageous" for attending the summit that drew big-name tea party types eyeing the White House in 2016, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Dr. Ben Carson.
Other big names on the roster included former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, both of whom are also reportedly weighing presidential bids, as well as former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
The summit was sponsored by Iowa Rep. Steve King, an outspoken tea party Republican.
Christie received high marks for his speech, according to Bossie, "because he tells it like it is and he always has. I'm not the biggest fan of the governor's, but I respect his attendance."
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