Santorum Iowa Visits
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>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on December 29-30, 2015.
On December 29 he appeared live in-studio on the Simon Conway Show on WHO Radio in Des Moines; and was the special guest at a house party at the home of Bill and Patti Brown in Waukee.
On December 30 he was the special guest at a house party at Leonard Farms (1362 Highway 59) near Holstein; a house party at the home of Rev. Cary Gordon in Sioux City; and a house party at 1483 5th Ave. SE in Sioux Center.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on December 4-8, 2015.
On the evening of December 4 he attended a Christmas party at his Iowa headquarters on 86th St. in Urbandale.
On December 5 he held a Take Back America town hall at Smokey Row Coffee in Pella; a pizza and politics luncheon at the Pizza Ranch in Grinnell; addressed the Rising Tide Summit at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids; and held a football watch party at the home of Jane and Kerry Jech in Marshalltown.
On December 6 he worshiped at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Mason City; held a"Pastors' Lunch and Town Hall" at Praise Community Church in Mason City; followed by a public town hall meeting at Praise Community Church in Mason City; held a Take Back America town hall at Gordy's in Humboldt; and was the special guest at a house party at 25631 168th Street in Spirit Lake.
On December 7 he held a pastors breakfast at Cronk's Cafe in Denison; toured and met with employees at Quality Machines in Audubon; held a town hall at Family Table Restaurant in Osceola; and was the special guest at a house party at the home of Bo and Jeane Bishop in West Des Moines.
On December 8 he joined Eric Branstad of America's Renewable Future for a visit to Lincolnway Energy in Nevada where he held a press conference in support of renewable fuels and confronted Cruz's "ethanol hypocrisy;" toured the John Wayne Museum in Winterset; held a town hall at the Northside Café in Winterset; and addressed the Iowa Cattlemen Association at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on November 18-20, 2015.
On November 18 he did a breakfast at Chelle's Bar and Grill in Dysart; coffee and conversation at The Sweet Spot in Independence; a town hall meeting at Pizza Ranch in Manchester; addressed the Iowa State Association of Counties Presidential Forum at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids; did a Pints and Politics at Backpocket Brewery in Coralville; and was the special guest at a house party at 10 Mary Court in Iowa City.
On November 19 he did a coffee and conversation at Elly's Tea and Coffee in Muscatine; a coffee and conversation at Blondie's Coffee Out Back in DeWitt; a lunch / greeted diners at Ditto's Grill in Stanwood; made brief remarks at the Mock Caucus at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids; and spoke at the Black Hawk County GOP central committee meeting at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo.
On November 20 he did breakfast / greeted diners at the Mineral City Mill and Grill in Fort Dodge; took part in a barn lunch/house party at Susan Hurd's household in Roland; tour the John Wayne Museum in Winterset; hold a town hall meeting at the Northside Cafe in Wintersetpostponed due to weather; and spoke at the FAMiLY LEADER Foundation’s 2015 Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum did a five-day swing in Iowa on October 29-November 2, 2015.
On October 29 he had breakfast and visited with volunteers of the Gabriel's Corner Crisis Pregnancy Center in Council Bluffs; held an employee town hall meeting at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) in Council Bluffs; held a town hall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Harlan; and attended a house party at Santa Maria Winery in Carroll.
On October 30 he visited Quad City Corn Processing in Galva; held a town hall meeting at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in LeMars; participated in the Dordt College Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics at Dordt College in Sioux Center; and participated in the NW Iowa Republican rally at Buitman Center in Orange City.
On October 31 he participated in Congressman Steve King's annual pheasant hunt at 14396 Diamond Ave. in Akron; spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's "Growth and Opportunity Party" at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines; participated in the Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing at the Ramada Hotel (Merle Hay Road) in Des Moines; and hold a house party at 7013 Sheridan Circle in Urbandale.
On November 1 he attended the Iowa Gun Show in the Palace Theater at Adventureland Park in Altoona; and held a house party at 4332 Spring St. in Davenport.
On November 2 he addressed a Scott County GOP breakfast at Paul Revere Square, West Building in Davenport; held a media availability at the Gomez May Law Firm in Davenport; and held a house party at the home of Jane and Kerry Jech in Marshalltown.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on October 13-14, 2015.
On the evening of October 13 he spoke at the Iowa For Israel "Jerusalem Call" event at Grace Fellowship Church in Iowa City; and held a town hall with University of Iowa Republicans at The Airliner in Iowa City.
On October 14 he held a community town hall at Keota High School in Keota; a community town hall at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids; and a dinner-time town hall with local faith-based and Catholic organizations at the Machine Shed in Urbandale.
On the morning of October 15 he is to speak at the Building America Housing Summit at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. event postponed
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on October 5-7, 2015.
On October 5 he toured and held an employee town hall at Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley; held a town hall at Wartburg College in Waverly; addressed the Cerro Gordo County GOP Central Committee at the Pizza Ranch in Mason City; addressed the Franklin County GOP Central Committeee at Godfather's Pizza in Hampton; and addressed the Hardin County GOP Central Committee at 708 16th St. in Eldora.
On October 6 he toured and held an employee town hall at POET Biorefining in Emmetsburg; and held a town hall at a pro-life luncheon at Wagon Wheel Café in West Bend.
On October 7 he held a town hall in the theater at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City; and toured and held a round table discussion at the Informed Choices Clinic in Fort Dodge.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on September 22-23, 2015. On September 22 he spoke at the Caucus Candidate Forum Series at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. On the morning of September 23 he spoke to the Westside Conservative Club at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on September 19, 2015. He spoke at Iowa FFC's Family Banquet and Presidential Forum at the Fairgrounds in Des Moines; and watched the Penn State Nittany Lions football game with the Des Moines Penn State Club
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on August 30-September 1, 2015.
On August 30 he held an ice cream meet and greet at the Shelter on the square in Mount Ayr; met and greeted diners at the Junction Café in Bedford; (attended Mass at Holy Spirit Parish in Creston); and held a "politics and pie" town hall meeting at the Creston Family Restaurant in Creston.
On August 31 he held a coffee and conversation town hall meeting at the Highway Restaurant in Albia; toured and visited with employees at C&C Machining in Centerville; held an economic roundtable with the Newton Development Corporation in Newton; appeared live in-studio with Simon Conway on WHO Radio in Des Moines; and spoke as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines presidential speaker series, co-sponsored by Iowans Supporting Israel, at Caspe Terrace Bucksbaum Auditorium in Waukee.
On September 1 he held a town hall meeting at Corning Opera House in Corning; toured and visited with employees at DK Plastics in Archer; celebrated completion of his second "Full Grassley" (visit to each of Iowa's 99 counties in 2015) with dinner, music and remarks at Island Park in Rock Rapids; and addressed the FAMiLY Leader Northwest regional summit at Dordt College in Sioux Center.
>Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on August 22-24, 2015.
On August 22 he did a lunch-time town hall at Carpenter's Bar and Grill in Carpenter; and addressed the Wright County GOP at their annual dinner at the Belmond Country Club in Belmond.
On August 23 he toured the Grotto of the Redemption and attended 10:00 a.m. Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in West Bend; and held a "pints and politics" town hall at Okoboji Brewing Company in Spirit Lake.
On August 24 he held a "coffee and conversation" town hall at Hardee's in Estherville; toured Stellar Industries and held an employee town hall in Garner; and addressed the Osceola County GOP Steak Fry Summer Dinner & Rally at 1015 Steak Company in Sibley.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on August 12-17, 2015.
On August 12 he toured and held an employee town hall meeting at Liberty Labs/World Cal in Elk Horn; greeted diners at the Sweet Joy Shot restaurant in Atlantic; appeared live in-studio with Simon Conway of WHO Radio at the WHO Crystal Studios at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines; visited St. Gregory's Retreat & Treatment Center in Des Moines; and held a "pints and politics" forum at Confluence Brewing in Des Moines.
On August 13 he held a "coffee and conversation" town hall meeting at HyVee Market Grill in Chariton; toured and held an employee town hall at Penn Manufacturing, the world's largest single-site, lead-acid battery facility, in Corydon; toured and held an employee town hall meeting at Frog Legs, a wheelchair suspension manufacturer in Ottumwa; stopped for ice cream at Elaine's Ice Cream Shop in Bloomfield; and attended and addressed the Henry County GOP Hog Roast at Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club in Mt. Pleasant.
On August 14 he appeared live in-studio with Jan Mickelson of WHO Radio in the WHO Crystal Studios at the Iowa State Fairgrounds; addressed the Iowa Arts Advocacy Caucus at the Historical Building of Iowa in Des Moines; and held a pizza and politics town hall meeting at the Pizza Shack in Lamoni.
On August 15 he addressed the Truth Exposed/Defund Planned Parenthood Rally at the State Capitol in Des Moines; spoke at the Des Moines Register's Soap Box, served as the celebrity guest chef at the Iowa Pork Producers tent, and visited the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines; held a dinner time town hall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Charles City; and held a "pints and politics" forum at Toppling Goliath Brewing in Decorah.
On August 16 he greeted customers at Klunders Kafe in New Hampton; held a town hall meeting at Gus and Tony's Town House in West Union; and held a town hall meeting at Johnson's Restaurant in Elkader.
On August 17 he held a faith and religious freedom roundtable at Big T Restaurant in Toledo; greeted diners at Lincoln Café in Belle Plaine; toured and visited with employees at Appache Inc. in Cedar Rapids; toured and visited with employees at Geater Machining & Mfg, Co. in Independence; and held a pizza and politics town hall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Manchester.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on July 31-August 2, 2015.
On July 31 he did a coffee and conversation at Miller's Kitchen in Onawa; toured VT Industries and held an employee town hall in Holstein; toured Merrill Manufacturing and held an employee town hall in Storm Lake; joined by state Rep. Chuck Soderberg he visited the Plymouth County Fair in Le Mars; and he held a pizza and politics town hall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Orange City.
On August 1 he did a pancakes and politics town hall meeting at the American Legion in Dows; a town hall meeting at Iowa Central Community College's Bioscience/Health Science Auditorium in Fort Dodge; visited the 6th Annual Sweet Corn Daze on the town square in Rockwell City, joined by state Rep. Mike Sexton; took part in the Rockwell City Celebrity Remote Control Car Race and took questions from attendees at the Rockwell City Fire Station; and he addressed the Sac-Ida-Buena Vista Counties Republican Banquet at Wall Lake. Seq. unclear: Santorum also attended Bruce Rastetter's summer party in Hubbard.
On August 2 he attend mass and then hold a faith-and-religious liberty town hall meeting at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Pocahontas(rescheduled); held a lunch-time town hall meeting at Miller's Landing in Humboldt; held a coffee and conversation town hall meeting at Greene Bean Coffeehouse in Jefferson; and in the evening addressed the Adair County Republican Banquet at the 5x80 Golf Course in Menlo.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited southeast Iowa and spoke at the FAMiLY Leader event on July 15-18, 2015.
On July 15 he toured and held an employee forum at Jackson Manufacturing in Maquoketa; toured the Clinton County Fair in DeWitt; greeted diners and held a dinner-time roundtable at McOtto's Family Restaurant in Anamosa; and hosted a "coffee, pie, and politics" town hall at the Tipton Family Restaurant in Tipton.
On July 16 he did a meet and greet breakfast at Mr. O's restaurant in Wellman then visited with seniors and met with Mayor Miller at Wellman Senior Center; did a town hall meeting at Wooden Wheel Vineyards in Keota; an economic roundtable with the Fairfield Economic Development Association at the Fairfield CoLab in Fairfield; toured and held an employee town hall at Cambridge Investment Research in Fairfield; walked down Main Street with Van Buren County GOP chairman Ron Davenport and state Sen. Mark Chelgren including a stop at Misty's Malt Shop and held a town hall meeting at First Steet Bar and Grill in Keosauqua; held a town hall at Hawkeye Restaurant in Keokuk; and did a discussion on faith and religious liberty and evening prayer at Grace Bible Church in Weaver.
On July 17 he did a meet and greet at the Ivy Bake Shoppe and Café in West Burlington (seq. unclear, not on the schedule - greeted supporters at the Ford dealership in West Burlington); held a town meeting at Farmer's Elevator and Exchange in Wapello; toured Brownells, the world's largest supplier to gun parts and gunsmithing tools in Grinnell with state Rep. Dave Maxwell and held an employee town hall there.
On July 18 he spoke at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit 2015 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on June 25-26, 2015. On June 25 he is scheduled to tour and visit Mahle Engine Components in Atlantic; tour and visit World Cal in Elk Horn; tour and visit Liberty Labs in Kimballton; canceled due to inclement weather; he did a large meet and greet/fundraising event at The Bella Terre in Glenwood. On the morning of June 26 he held a faith and freedom roundtable discussion at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Logan.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on June 8-9, 2015.
On June 8 he visited Panora Telecom Solutions in Panora; did a retail stop at Darrell's Place in Hamlin; did a retail event at Sam's Sodas & Sandwiches in Carroll; and addressed the Crawford County Republican Party at Cronk's Restaurant in Denison.
On June 9 he held a town hall meeting at Coffee Attic in Iowa Falls; a town hall meeting at Kling Memorial Library in Grundy Center; a meet and greet at Midwest One Bank in Parkersburg; and a town hall meeting at the Franklin County Youth for Christ Center in Hampton.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on May 28-29, 2015. On the afternoon of May 28, in his first event after his announcement in Pennsylvania earlier in the day, doing a town hall at the original Machine Shed Restaurant in Davenport; he also stopped for a milkshake from Whitey's in Davenport. On the morning of May 29 he held an intimate business owner/employee breakfast in the club room at the HyVee in Council Bluffs.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on May 16-18, 2015.
On May 16 he spoke at the Iowa National Security Action Summit at Point of Grace Church in Waukee; and in the evening spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines.
On May 17 he addressed the Pachyderm Club at Legends Bar and Restaurant in Marshalltown; and did a retail-style meet and greet and Story County GOP Century Club dinner at Quirks Bar & Grill in Nevada.
On May 18 he made a retail-style visit to Maid Rite in Webster City; held a townhall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Mason City; did a retail-style visit to Duos in Waverly; and participated in The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation's regional Presidential Lecture Series event [Northeast] (+) at Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls (Huckabee also spoke).
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on April 25, 2015. He did a meet and greet at The Coffee Connection in Knoxville; a meet and greet at The Corner Sundry in Indianola; and spoke at Iowa FFC's presidential candidate forum in Waukee.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on April 8-9, 2015.
On April 8 in Des Moines he spoke to a group of legislators at the Capitol; addressed the Bull Moose Republican Club at the Embassy Club; had lunch at Smitty's Tenderloin Shop; appeared in studio with Simon Conway at WHO Radio; he spoke at one of the Dallas County GOP Spring Speaker Series events at the West Des Moines Marriott in West Des Moines; and he did a signing for his book "Bella's Gift" at Divine Treasures in Des Moines.
On April 9 he participated in the "Road to 2016: Informing the Energy Debate" forum at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines; participated in a panel for the Network of Iowa Christian Home Education's Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines; and addressed The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation's Southeast regional Presidential Lecture Series event at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on March 23-24, 2015. On March 23 he held a meet and greet at Council Bluffs Public Library in Council Bluffs; and in the evening he did a book signing of Bella's Gift at Adoremus Books in Omaha, NE. On March 24 he made a retail stop at the Firehouse Restaurant in Red Oak; a retail stop at The Garrison House in Clarinda; a retail stop at the Depot Deli in Shenandoah; a retail stop at Penn Drug, Iowa's oldest soda fountain, in Sidney; and did a meet and greet at Glenwood Senior Center in Glenwood.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum is scheduled to participate in the first of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation's four regional Presidential Lecture Series events [Northwest] (+) at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa on March 24, 2015. The FAMiLY LEADER cancelled this due to multiple scheduling conflicts (>)
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on March 7, 2015. He appeared at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines; and in the evening spoke at Riverview Center in Muscatine.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum did a five-day Iowa tour from January 23-27, 2015.
On January 23, according to the Des Moines Register, he held private meetings.
On January 24 he spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines; and in the evening was the special guest at the Cherokee County Republican Party's Pie and Politics fundraiser at Aurelia Community Center in Aurelia.
On the afternoon of January 25 he was the honorary guest at the 4th Annual Siouxland Rally for Life at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City (>); and hosted a benefit showing of EchoLight Studios' film "One Generation Away" at the Museum of Religious Arts in Logan.
On January 26 he headlined a Lincoln Club briefing fundraiser for the Scott County GOP at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Davenport; and made a retail stop at the Java Lounge in Williamsburg.
On January 27 he spoke at the 9th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona (>).
2014: 6 visits, 8 days
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on November 1, 2014. He held a media availability and then greeted volunteers at the GOP Victory Center at 2829 University Ave. in Waterloo; and attended a dinner for Patriot Voices volunteers at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Falls. (Volunteers from Patriot Voices were doing GOTV door-knocking in Iowa's 1st and 4th CDs on November 1-2).
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on October 22-23, 2014.
On October 22 he visited the Republican Party of Iowa Victory Center (124 4th St. SW) in Mason City; held a media availability with Congressman Steve King at the Republican Party of Iowa Victory Center (2526 Glen Ave.) in Sioux City; (and did a fundraiser at the home of Mike and Shannon Persaud in Dakota Dunes, SD - "just across the border from Sioux City").
On October 23 he visited the Johnson County Victory Center (1745 Boyrum St.) in Iowa City; and visited Scott County Republican headquarters (311 W. Kimberly Rd.) in Davenport. ("Santorum will also be holding private meetings with concerned Iowans.")
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on October 15, 2014. He participated in the Family Research Council's Faith Family Freedom Fund, National Organization for Marriage and Iowa FAMiLY Leader's "Standing for the American Family" Whistle Stop Tour of Iowa stop at the Dubuque County Republican headquarters at Kmart Plaza in Dubuque; headlined a house party in support of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition at the home of Chad and Jill Kluver in Davenport; and headlined a house party in support of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition at the home of Ron and Becky Herrig in Dubuque.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on August 8-9, 2014. On August 8 he appeared on WHO Radio's Simon Conway show from the Crystal Studio at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, and in the evening was the special guest at the Boone County Republicans' Eisenhower Grand Ol' Picnic at McHose Park Shelter House in Boone. On August 9 he signed copies of his book Blue Collar Conservatives, and spoke at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
>On June 14, 2014 former Sen. Rick Santorum spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa state convention at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa; and, from 12:00 to 2:00, he did a book signing for his book Blue Collar Conservatives. (Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rand Paul also spoke a the convention).
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on March 26, 2014. He taped "Iowa Press" at IPTV studios in Johnston; appeared on the Simon Conway show in studio on WHO; and did a fundraiser at a private residence in Waukee for Sec. of State Matt Schultz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the 3rd CD.
2013: 2 visits, 4 days
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum did a media availability and attended a screening of "The Christmas Candle" at Cinemark 20 Jordan Creek in West Des Moines, Iowa on November 11, 2013.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited Iowa on August 8-10, 2013.
On August 8 in the morning he spoke at a breakfast reception for Congressman Tom Latham at The Holiday Inn & Suites @ Ameristar in Council Bluffs; and in the evening he addressed guests of the Lyon County & Northwest Iowa Republican Fundraising Dinner at the Forster Community Building in Rock Rapids.
On the afternoon of August 9 he visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines; in the evening he spoke at Steve Boender's customer appreciation supper in the machine shed of his farm in Oskaloosa.
On August 10 he spoke at the FAMiLY Leader's Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
Also, not sure where fits in, per Kathie Obradovich tweet: "for old time’s sake, went to Blue Bunny ice-cream parlor in Le Mars “and the Pizza Ranch for lunch.”
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum is scheduled to visit Iowa on April 15, 2013. He plans to attend a luncheon with the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in The Capitol Room, in the East Village of Des Moines; and give the keynote address at the 13th Annual Spring Kick Off of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition at the Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale. cancelled April 14 "While traveling in South Carolina on Saturday, Rick Santorum became ill and was admitted to the hospital for a gastro-intestinal illness and dehydration."