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Rubio Iowa Visits

rationale, methodology and limitations  | this page updated through December 31, 2015

Through 4th Quarter 2015
Iowa: 21 visits, 33 days
>Sen. Marco Rubio did an "Out With The Old, In With The New" bus tour featuring U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy in Iowa on December 28-30, 2015, December 29-30, 2015.
Late morning on December 28 he plans a town hall at Pzazz! Convention and Event Center in Burlington.rescheduled due to weather

On December 29 he did three town halls with Gowdy: a town hall at Rastrelli's, Tuscany Special Events Center in Clinton; a town hall at Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo; and a town hall at the Holiday Inn in Sioux City.
On December 30 he did three town halls with Gowdy: a town hall at Pella Golf and Country Club in Pella; a town hall at Maytag Innovation Center in Newton; and a town hall at Fareway Educational Center in Boone.

>After an OH fundraiser, Sen. Marco Rubio returned to Iowa for a town hall at Giese Sheet Metal in Dubuque early afternoon on December 18, 2015  ...then to Joplin, MO for a rally

>After the NH rally and a NY fundraiser, Sen. Marco Rubio returned to Iowa on December 17, 2015.  He held a town hall at Kent Corporation in Muscatine; and a meet and greet at Weiler Manufacturing in Knoxville ...to OH fundraiser

>After the debate in Las Vegas the night before, Sen. Marco Rubio rallied at the Courtyard Marriott in Ankeny, Iowa on the morning of December 16, 2015 ...then to NH for another rally.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on December 10, 2015.  He participated in a Concerned Veterans for America "Veterans and Military Town Hall" and set out his principles for reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs at Noah's Event Venue in West Des Moines; did a meet and greet in the Memorial Union at Iowa State in Ames; and did a meet and greet at the Mediacom Outdoor Club at University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on November 20-24, 2015.
On the evening of November 20 he spoke at the FAMiLY LEADER Foundation’s 2015 Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines.
On November 21 he did a meet and greet at the Smokey Row Coffee House in Oskaloosa; a town hall at Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltowncancelled due to weather; a town hall at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids; and a rally at NOAH's Event Center in West Des Moines.
November 22 no announced events.
On November 23 he held a town hall at Greasewood Flats Ranch in Carroll; and a town hall at Holiday Inn and Suites in Council Bluffs.
On November 24 he participated in an Iowa Renewal Project Pastors Policy Briefing lunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids; held a town hall at Brownells, Inc. in Grinnell; and in the evening participated in an Iowa Renewal Project Pastors Policy Briefing dinner at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines
ed. - counting as 4 days

>Sen. Marco Rubio held a meet and greet at the Jersey Grille in Davenport, Iowa on November 11, 2015.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on October 30-31, 2015
On October 30 he did a lunch (free pizza) and a town hall discussion at Barley's in Council Bluffs; a happy hour meet and greet at Bev's on the River in Sioux City; and in the evening participated in the NW Iowa Republican rally at Buitman Center in Orange City
On October 31 he held a town hall at the Music Man Square in Mason City; and spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's "Growth and Opportunity Party" at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

>Marco Rubio visited Iowa on October 1-2, 2015.  On the evening of October 1 he held a town hall at Mudd Advertising in Cedar Falls.  On October 2 he did a meet and greet at Grand River Center in Dubuque (originally scheduled to be held at Inspire Cafe); and participated in an Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security national security forum the the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids.

>Sen. Marco Rubio held a town hall in Champions Club at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa on the evening of September 24, 2015.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on September 11-12, 2015.  On September 11 he did a pre-game meet and greet at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny; and (not on the schedule) met with attendees at a high school football game in Ankeny.  On the morning of September 12 he appeared at the Iowa GOP's Cy-Hawk tailgate at Lot S-7, East of Jack Trice Stadium, in Ames.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on August 17-18, 2015
On August 17 he hosted a family picnic at Dean Park in Ankeny (this was the event where he hit four-year old Brody Dill in the head with a football).  He, Jeanette and their children also made an OTR visit to the State Fair.
On August 18 in the morning he attended the State Fair in Des Moines including speaking at the Soapbox at 10:30 in the rain; he did a lunch at West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines; headlined the Dallas County GOP's annual Steak Fry and Pie Auction at Van Meter Legion Post 403 in Van Meter; and did a meet and greet at Wellman's Rooftop Pub in West Des Moines.
On August 19 he is to celebrate the grand opening of his Iowa campaign headquarters at 207 N.E. Delaware Ave. in Ankeny; and hold a town hall meeting at Cemen Tech in Indianola.events to be rescheduled for a future trip due to a personal scheduling conflict

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on July 17-18, 2015.
On July 17 he did a lunch at Uncle Buck’s Grill at Bass Pro Shops in Council Bluffs; a town hall at McCarthy & Bailey in Sioux City; and an ice cream meet and greet at Decker Truck Line, Inc. in Fort Dodge.
On July 18 he spoke at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit 2015 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on July 7-9, 2015
On July 7 he did an in studio interview with Simon Conway at WHO-AM in Des Moines; attended the Bull Moose Young Professionals happy hour at Exile Brewing Company in Des Moines; and was the special guest at state Rep. Chris Hagenow's second annual Summer Cookout at Windsor Heights Community Center in Windsor Heights
On July 8 he spoke at the Westside Conservative Breakfast at the Iowa Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale; made an unannounced stop and talked to patrons at the Hy-Vee dining area in Grinnell; spoke at a Linn Eagles lunch at the Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids; attended a poolside happy hour fundraiser for Jack Whitver and Iowa Senate Republicans at the home of Taylor and Gwen Parker in Coralville; and spoke at Rep. Bobby Kaufmann's annual summer event at the Wilton Community Center in Wilton (Kaufmann endorsed him at the event).
On the morning of July 9 he did a meet and greet at the Scott County Republican office at Paul Revere Square in Davenport.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on June 6, 2015.  He did a rsvpd meet and greet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Ames; and participated in Sen. Ernst's "Roast and Ride" fundraiser in Boone.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on April 25, 2015.  He did a private business roundable with Sen. Jack Whitver in Des Moines; was the special guest at an ice cream social hosted by Sen. Jack and Rachel Whitver at the Whitvers' home in Ankeny; and spoke at Iowa FFC's presidential candidate forum in Waukee.

Sen. Marco Rubio had been scheduled to attend the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on March 7, 2015, but on March 4 the Des Moines Register reported that he had cancelled due to a family wedding.

>Sen. Marco Rubio did interviews in Des Moines including in-studio on WHO Radio's "Mickelson in the Morning" (>) and taping of "Insiders" with WHO-TV's Dave Price; and signed copies of his book American Dreams at the Barnes & Noble at 4550 University Ave. (The Shoppes at Three Fountains) in West Des Moines, Iowa on February 13, 2015.


>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on October 28-29, 2014.  On October 28 he joined U.S. Senate nominee Joni Ernst on her "Iowa Knows Best" tour, making retail appearances at the Pizza Ranch in Pella; at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa; and at the Java Lounge in Williamsburg; and in the evening he keynoted Scott County Republicans' Ronald Reagan Dinner at the QC Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.  On the morning of October 29 he hosted a fundraiser for 1st CD Republican congressional nominee Rod Blum in Dubuque; and joined Blum for a GOTV rally at Blum's headquarters at 40 Main St. in Dubuque.

>Sen. Marco Rubio appeared at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and at the annual summer party at Iowa Board of Regents president and agricultural entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter's property in Hubbard (Hardin County), Iowa on August 2, 2014.  (Sens. Cruz, Rubio and Johnson-WI also appeared).

>Sen. Marco Rubio made a brief visit to Iowa on June 2, 2014, the eve of the primary, mingling with attendees and speaking at a cookout for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst in the parking lot at her campaign headquarters in Urbandale.  (Rubio's Reclaim America PAC has run an ad supporting Ernst starting May 24 in Des Moines and around the state the week of May 26).

Sen. Marco Rubio headlined Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday party fundraiser at Adventureland in AltoonaIowa on November 18, 2012.

and, surrogate visits include
(not in the tally above)
Rick Harrison, star of Pawn Stars on the History Channel, visited Iowa on August 28-29, 2015.  On the evening of August 28 he headlined the grand opening of Marco Rubio's Iowa office on N.E. Delaware Ave. in Ankeny.  On August 29 he and Jack Whitver made an appearance at the Bridgehouse Coffee Co. in Newton.