Donald Trump and 2024…..
THAT maybe the media narrative….
That ain’t stopping other Republicans from showing up in Iowa for some face time….
A slew of potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates are descending on Iowa, testing the political waters three years out from the state’s next presidential caucuses.
Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) traveled to Iowa last month to campaign with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) at a fundraiser in Fayette. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also stumped with Hinson at her re-election campaign launch event last week, while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) visited the state on Monday and Tuesday.
Others who have been floated as potential candidates have also made the trip, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R ).
“This has got to be one of the busiest years in the first year of a caucus cycle that we’ve seen,” said Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann, who met with Rubio Monday night at a state party event in Clear Lake, Iowa.
The visits highlight the state’s traditional status as the first in the nation presidential contest – and its importance to House Republicans.
In addition to building their profile in Iowa ahead of a potential run, having a presence in the state allows potential candidates to get a lay of the land in the state, which is known for its heavy retail politicking culture. Visiting the state also allows candidates to build up a network of support from operatives, activists, party chairs, and state and local lawmakers.
Connecting with state and local activists in the state is of particular importance due to the caucus process, which involves having to turn people out to participate in the event at a specific time….
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