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Inside The Iowa Freedom Summit

Giving prospective Republican presidential candidates a chance to test their message among grassroots conservatives.

  1. 'End of an error'
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    'End of an error'

    Roberta Krantz, a self-proclaimed tea-party patriot, waits to enter the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  2. The kingmaker
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    The kingmaker

    Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  3. New Day Dawning
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    New Day Dawning

    Attendees stand outside prior to the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  4. “This energy is a tell-tale sign of great things to come.”
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    “This energy is a tell-tale sign of great things to come.”

    Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  5. “If you employ a person who is illegal, instead of getting a pass from the government, you should get a criminal activity on your record.”
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    “If you employ a person who is illegal, instead of getting a pass from the government, you should get a criminal activity on your record.”

    Ben Carson, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  6. “If you are not afraid to go big and bold, you can get results. The voters will actually stand up with you.”
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    “If you are not afraid to go big and bold, you can get results. The voters will actually stand up with you.”

    Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, listens off-stage during his introduction at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  7. “I would've won the race against Obama. He would've been easy.”
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    “I would've won the race against Obama. He would've been easy.”

    Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc., speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  8. “Americans feel the division and we're sick of it.”
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    “Americans feel the division and we're sick of it.”

    Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  9. “Talk is cheap. The word tells us you will know them by their fruit.”
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    “Talk is cheap. The word tells us you will know them by their fruit.”

    Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, waves to the crowd during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  10. 'Tell the truth'
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    'Tell the truth'

    Conservative activists and leaders attend the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  11. “It is the hypocrisy of liberals that enrages me the most.”
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    “It is the hypocrisy of liberals that enrages me the most.”

    Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., waves to the crowd during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  12. “Things must change for our government. Look at it—it isn't too big to fail; it's too big to succeed.”
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    “Things must change for our government. Look at it—it isn't too big to fail; it's too big to succeed.”

    Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  13. Crowd-pleaser
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    Crowd-pleaser

    Attendees await the start of the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  14. “Deportable?”
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    “Deportable?”

    A demonstrator is carried in handcuffs by police after disrupting the speech of Rick Perry, former governor of Texas (not pictured), at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  15. “Don't they know I'm from New Jersey?”
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    “Don't they know I'm from New Jersey?”

    Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
  16. Pledging allegiance
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    Pledging allegiance

    Two boys salute as they stand on stage during the singing of the national anthem during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.