Rep. Steve King (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Steve King's creepy GOP primary plan: Stalk down all the candidates to make sure they will "restore the soul of America"

The Iowa representative threatened to hunt down any potential nominees who didn't visit him personally

Scott Eric Kaufman
April 21, 2015 8:14PM (UTC)

In what could easily be perceived as a threat, Iowa Representative Steven King assured the audience at the Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Gala & Summit -- the point of which is to find candidates committed to "pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion" -- that his state will serve as a litmus test for the entire Republican field of presidential candidates.

He upbraided those candidates who "think that if they don't come Iowa, they don't have to deal with Steve King," by informing them that on Wednesday morning, he's getting on a plane and flying to New Hampshire, and that on May 9th, he would be in South Carolina. The goal, King said, is to make sure that whoever the Republican candidate ends up being, he will support "full spectrum constitutional conservatism" -- by which he meant "life and marriage" of the fetal and heteronormative variety.


King said that he would be comfortable putting "five or six" of the current nominees' names in a hat and selecting one at random, because any name he chose would fight "the deconstruction of America by the White House."

He characterized President Barack Obama as "a man who is taking on the pillars of American exceptionalism with a procedural jackhammer," which has somehow resulted in "American young people not learning the things they need to learn at the age that they are."

The next Republican nominee must help the country "put that all back together," but in the meantime, King implored his audience to engage in daily prayer in which they beseech "God [to raise] up a president whom He will use to restore the soul of America."

Watch King's entire speech via Right Wing Watch below.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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