Iowa’s the Site of Early Campaigning by Republican Leaders
President Joe Biden has not even been in office for 100 days and leaders of the Republican Party are already mounting a push for the 2024 presidential election. The predictive testing ground of Iowa is already setting itself up as the state where the early battles will be waged as Republicans look to make a name for themselves and position themselves for a run at the primary.
Pompeo First Out of the Gate
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first potential candidate to try to prove himself to Iowa voters. Pompeo is positioning himself and his policies as an extension of former President Donald Trump.
This may prove to be a good strategy considering that Trump won Iowa both times by a significant margin of votes. Pompeo spent two days in the state, including a breakfast meeting with 200 conservatives in suburban Des Moines. During this meeting, Pompeo gave Trump credit for pushing an America-first policy throughout his presidency.
Prior to the breakfast, Pompeo attended a fundraising event in western Iowa and met with young Republicans in Des Moines. Present at this meeting was the up and coming and first-term U.S. House Rep. Ashley Hinson.
Iowa a Busy Place
Pompeo is just the first of many Republican hopefuls looking to get their name out in Iowa. Florida Sen. Rick Scott is scheduled to visit Cedar Rapids on April 1.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott will travel to the Quad Cities on April 15.
While Trump has signaled that he may run again in 2024, many members of the Republican Party are ready to move forward without him in the picture.