The 2012 Presidential Campaign Has Now Begun
You have to love it when politicians with presidential ambitions visit Iowa in the off-season, and say they just happen to be in the neighborhood. Given the number of GOP visitors to the state, it is clear the race has begun.
Potential Republican candidates who have visited the state include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the GOP caucuses in 2008. More politicians have trips planned, starting with Nevada Sen. John Ensign on Monday, followed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and another appearance by Mr. Huckabee.
Of course, they’ll say they’re in the state for some other reason but, as Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Phil Roeder points out, that’s a smoke screen.
Mr. Ensign, for example, will speak as part of a conservative lecture series designed to define the Republican Party heading into next year’s congressional elections. Mr. Huckabee will be the draw at a fundraiser for Bob Vander Plaats, a likely candidate for governor.
Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin will all most likely just happen to find themselves there very soon.Click here for reuse options!
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