|January 24, 2015--Attendees
listen to a speaker during the Summit.
|Lunches are distributed.
|Conservative filmmaker Dennis
Michael Lynch, who is exploring running for president in 2016,
expressed disappointment that he was not allowed to address the
Summit. He and several supporters hands out DVDs. On Oct.
2014, on Fox News' "The Kelly File" Lynch stated,
“I will announce in the future that I am going to run for the presidency, and the reason why I’m doing that Megyn is because I’m absolutely in love with my country, I’m in love with the American people. I want to protect them like I would protect my children, like I would protect your children, in the sense that somebody has to step up and get this country back on track, to protect Americans, their jobs, their lives, their health."
photo courtesy: Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa
Activists from American Friends Service Committee's "Governing
Under the Influence" project (+) were on hand.
Also on hand in front of Hoyt Sherman Place were a couple of activists from First Budget, a joint effort just launched by the Concord Coalition and the Campaign to Fix the Debt "to encourage public discussion during the 2016 presidential campaign of the nation’s unsustainable budget policies (+). They handed out a flyer titled "The Budget Facts - What the President will Inherit."
|Members of the media work on
their stories at the conclusion of the Summit.
The Des Moines Register featured a front-page, above-the-fold article by Jennifer Jacobs headlined "Pitching for conservative votes" and five full pages of coverage inside (pages 10A-14A). The coverage included 21 photos, although none on the front page.
The New York Times (national edition) ran the story by Ashley Parker and Trip Gabriel headlined "Prepping for 2016, a Gathering of Republicans in Iowa Leans Hard to the Right" on page A16, including a MW photo of Gov. Chris Christie by Jabin Botsford.
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