Donald Trump’s 2024 plans appear to be getting more certain by the day. The 45th president is moving beyond the many hints dropped at MAGA rallies and during interviews and he is now embarking on a rite of passage for all prospective presidential candidates: He’s going to Iowa.
“The Saturday event in the first-in-the-nation caucus state is the latest sign the former president is gearing up for a third White House bid as he doles out midterm endorsements, hires aides in places such as Iowa and boasts in media interviews of what he sees as a glide path to victory in a 2024 GOP primary,” the Hill reported.
“I think he’s already in and he’s just waiting to make it official,” a Republican who has spoken with Trump told The Hill. “His focus right now is on making sure Republicans win in 2022, and I don’t think he wants to do anything that would distract from that.”
Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Reps. Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks will be joining Trump at the Iowa rally on Saturday night.
A veteran Republican strategist in Iowa told The Hill that Trump has “given every indication that he is very seriously considering” a 2024 run. “Iowa looks to be pretty safely Trump territory,” he added.
“He’s got all the resources. He’s got 100 percent name identification. He still has the support of most of the folks in the base who make up the primary voters and decide these things. He’s got his hands on all the levers that he needs to be successful in a primary,” Kochel said.
The Hill also cited a poll that shows Trump has considerable report in the Hawkeye state:
A Des Moines Register-Mediacom Iowa Poll released this week found that 53 percent of Iowans have a favorable view of Trump, while 45 percent have an unfavorable opinion — a far better performance than at any point in his presidency.
By comparison, only 37 percent of Iowans reported a favorable view of Biden, while 61 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the president.
Donald Trump is not assured of an easy primary path, however, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a potential rival for the candidacy. Regardless, nearly half of Republicans want former President Trump to run for office again in 2024, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday.
According to the survey, 67 percent of the Republicans and Republican-leaning independents “would like to see Trump continue to be a major political figure for many years to come” and 44 percent would like to see him run for president again.