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Ron Paul To Iowa, But What About Huckabee?

February 7, 2011

Add Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) name to the list of Republicans making their way through Iowa for an appearance at a conservative group's Presidential Lecture Series, but don't pencil in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) just yet.

As National Journal's Lindsey Boerma reports (subscription), Paul -- who did not rule out another WH run in an interview with National Journal in late January -- will be featured in the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader's lecture series on March 7.

Meanwhile, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats (R), who heads The Family Leader, has walked back previously reported comments suggesting Huckabee made a firm commitment of his own to the series.

"I probably misspoke," Vander Plaats told the Des Moines Register in a story published Monday morning. "If Gov. Huckabee were to decide to run, he definitely wants to participate in this. As we're trying to network our schedule, we have him slated for June, July or August, depending on who commits when. He has not committed. He's committed to do the presidential lecture series, if he were to run."

"At this time the Governor has not committed to participate in the series. However -- the Governor will travel to Iowa later this month and has scheduled for six stops in the state to promote his new book 'A Simple Government,'" said Huck PAC director Hogan Gidley.

Vander Plaats served as Huckabee's Iowa state chair in 2008, when Huckabee won the GOP caucuses.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is kicking off the series today, and other potential 2012 candidates are slated to make appearances in the coming weeks.

This post was updated at 5:28 p.m.

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