Who’s visiting Iowa in the 2022 campaign season?


The Iowa presidential caucuses are still a long way off, but potential presidential candidates and other national politicians are visiting the state ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm election.

No top politicians have officially announced plans to run for president in 2024. President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to run for re-election, but has not launched a campaign. Former President Donald Trump, who Biden defeated in the 2020 election, has also not said if he’s running again.

Still, Iowa Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections have been joined on the campaign trail by a flurry of national politicians, some of who may be looking at the 2024 caucuses. Iowa Democrats, in contrast, have seen far fewer high-ranking visitors.

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Mike Pence plans return to eastern Iowa for fundraiser

Former Vice President Mike Pence will be back in Iowa in late September, speaking at a fundraising event with Iowa Rep. Bobby Kaufmann and state GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann.

Former Vice President Mike Pence stopped to shake hands with passersby despite the heavy rain as he made his way through the Iowa State Fair Friday, Aug. 19. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

The 15th Annual Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, in Wilton. Pence is the only guest speaker identified so far, but the event invitation says other Republican candidates and leaders will attend.

“Bobby Kaufmann has been a champion for Iowa, his district, and the conservative movement,” Pence said in a written statement. “I look forward to joining Bobby at the Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner and meeting Republicans from his district to discuss our shared conservative values and vision for Iowa’s future.”

The fundraiser brings Pence back to Iowa roughly one month after his last visit, when he attended the Iowa State Fair and spoke at events in support of Iowa’s GOP congressional candidates. While he told reporters in August that he and his family are waiting for the new year to make a presidential-run decision, some see his campaigning efforts ahead of the midterms as a signal that he intends to run in 2024. Pence has visited Iowa four times since his term as vice president ended, and he’s made additional visits to New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In 2021, fellow potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton headlined the Kaufmann family event.

Funds raised by the dinner will go toward Bobby Kaufmann’s re-election bid in Iowa’s 82nd district.

Talk show host Larry Elder says he’s considering a presidential bid

Conservative radio host Larry Elder is considering a presidential bid, he told reporters during an Iowa visit in September.

Elder, best known for his radio talk show “The Larry Elder Show,” has long been a prominent voice in conservative politics. He made his first run for elected office last year as a candidate challenging California Gov. Gavin Newsom in…



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