Steve King for president? He’s going to South Carolina

August 6, 2013
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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is headed to South Carolina -- a move that suggests he might be looking at a run for president, CNN's Peter Hamby reports.

Hamby reports King will attend the closed-door "Charleston Meeting," a gathering of influential national conservatives and business leaders hosted by conservative activist Mallory Factor.

King will also hold an invitation-only meeting with South Carolina GOP activists in Charleston County.

King's office has not yet commented on whether he is looking at a run for president, but such trips are generally only embarked on by politicians angling for a national profile and/or a potential presidential run.

King, of course, comes from the state that is first in line when it comes to the presidential nominating process.

A presidential run would undoubtedly give King a platform to push his hard-line positions on immigration reform. Former congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), King's ally in the House, ran for president on just such a platform in 2008, after Congress voted down another effort at immigration reform.

The other King in the House -- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) -- has said publicly said that he is looking at running for president.

Steve King earlier this year opted not to run for the open Senate seat in Iowa.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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