Real estate mogul, reality television star and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump will be going to Iowa, GOP officials told the Des Moines Register Tuesday.
The Register reports that Trump will be attending the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner as the keynote speaker on June 10. Trump has said he expects to announce his plans in June. Trump is scheduled to visit New Hampshire in June as well.
Both trips will undoubtedly goose speculation that Trump will jump in to the 2012 presidential race — something he has hinted at repeatedly.
Trump’s appearance at the Lincoln Day dinner is, according to The Register, the result of Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn’s work.
The Register’s Thomas Baumont interviewed Strawn regarding Trumps’ visit:
“When he decided to make a CPAC appearance and first started making rumblings of potentially exploring a presidential run, I thought, if that’s the case, we need to reach out to him to headline one of our events,” Strawn said in an interview.
Beaumont goes on to report that the decision to invite Trump is part of a larger shift in strategy: featuring potential presidential candidates one-by-one, rather than hosting them in large groups.
Trump’s attendance comes a year after former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s keynote address at the annual dinner. Planners say the Trump event will likely draw a similarly-sized crowd. It will come two months before the Ames straw poll and after Trump is expected to announce his plans regarding a potential 2012 bid.
(Source: The Des Moines Register)