Who is visiting Iowa during the 2022 campaign season?

Iowa’s presidential caucuses are still a long way off, but potential presidential candidates are visiting the state ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm elections.

No high-profile politician has 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, whom Biden defeated in the 2020 election, also did not say whether he would run again.

Still, Iowa’s Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections have been joined on the campaign trail by a flurry of national politicians, some of whom may be considering the 2024 caucuses. Iowa Democrats, on the other hand, have saw far fewer high-ranking visitors.

There’s another high-profile opportunity to visit Iowa in August: the Iowa State Fair. Many candidates running for office in Iowa this year will speak at the Des Moines Register political soapbox during this year’s fair, but no speakers from out of state are scheduled.

Although not on the stump, some political visitors still have plans to attend the Iowa State Fair this year. Here’s what we know so far about upcoming visits to Iowa:

US Senator Lindsey Graham criticizes inflation bill during visit to Des Moines

US senator. Lindsey Graham, in Des Moines on Thursday, said the Democrats’ plan to stop inflation will hurt small businesses.

The South Carolina Republican held a press conference with Iowa congressional candidate Zach Nunn about the “Cutting Inflation Act” and visited a local business, MacDonald Letter Service.

The bill, approved by the US Senate on Sunday, allocates more than $400 billion for climate change measures, lowering prescription drug prices and increasing some corporate taxes.

Graham criticized the Democratic-backed legislation, which is expected to pass the House on Friday before gaining final approval from President Joe Biden. Nunn predicted his Democratic opponent, U.S. Representative Cindy Axene, would vote for the bill, which he said would hurt small businesses.

Graham last visited Iowa in his 2016 presidential run. He dropped out before the Iowa caucuses and endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visits the Iowa State Fair

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan spent his Thursday in the Iowa Pork Farmers tent at the Iowa State Fair, flipping chops with Gov. Kim Reynolds.

His visit was an unofficial — but required — step for presidential candidates ahead of the Iowa caucuses. But the Republican governor, known as a staunch critic of former President Donald Trump, did not say whether he was planning a presidential race.

“I care about the country and I care about our party and I really want to be a voice and I want to be a part of the future,” Hogan told the Des Moines Register on Thursday. “Exactly what it is, I’m not entirely sure.”

Regardless of his plans for 2024, Hogan’s time as Maryland’s elected principal is nearly over. Maryland has a two-term limit for office, and Hogan’s successor will be elected in November.

Hogan’s replacement pick, Kelly Schulz, lost to far-right lawmaker Dan Cox, whom Trump endorsed in the Maryland gubernatorial primary in July. Trump has not said whether he plans to run for president again in the next presidential election after losing to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Ahead of his visit to Iowa, Hogan unveiled a proposal to fight crime and help law enforcement. The plan includes increased funding for police and federal prosecutors taking on assault cases against police officers.

He spent Thursday morning at a roundtable with U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra and local law enforcement in Boone. Hogan also planned to meet with first responders in Iowa to talk about the proposal.

The Republican governor also visited New Hampshire in July. Prior to this trip, Hogan last visited Iowa in 2019 at a meeting of the National Governors Association.

Mike Pence will visit the Iowa State Fair with Grassley

Former Vice President Mike Pence plans to be in Iowa Aug. 19-20, according to Politico.

Pence will attend the Iowa State Fair with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and other officials, and host a fundraising luncheon with the longtime senator, who is running for re-election this year. Planned stops also include a meeting with State Senator Zach Nunn, who is running in Iowa’s 3rd congressional district, and a party hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

This isn’t his first trip to Iowa this year. He spoke at a Republican convention in Carroll in April. Since Biden’s victory, Pence has occupied a precarious position among some Republican voters for disagreeing with Trump over the validity of the 2020 election results.

Pence said he was proud of the work done under the Trump administration, particularly the appointments to the United States Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, he has broken with Trump over endorsements. He and Trump held same-day campaign events in Arizona in support of various gubernatorial candidates ahead of the state’s Aug. 2 primary, with Pence backing Karrin Taylor Robson and Trump backing Kari Lake.

There are rumors that other politicians are heading to Iowa for the state fair: aides to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Associated Press that he is planning a visit in august. However, no other potential candidates have announced official plans.

Previous visits

In July, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton traveled to Iowa to support Nunn, who is campaigning to defeat U.S. Representative Cindy Axne, and headlined a Story County GOP dinner in Cambridge.

Nikki Haley, former UN ambassador, came in June. His stops included a private fundraiser for Governor Kim Reynolds, who is running for re-election, and campaign stops for Republican candidates for the United States House.

Trump last visited Iowa in October 2021, holding a rally in Des Moines where he endorsed Grassley. He’s not the only Iowa caucus veteran returning to the state ahead of the midterm elections. The senses. Americans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination cycle, also visited the state last year.

Caucus Questions

It remains unclear what lies ahead for the Democratic presidential nominating process in 2024. The Democratic National Committee is demanding that Iowa and other long-running candidate states compete with other states for the premierships in the nation. The Iowa Democrats made their case to the national party in June, but the 2024 lineup won’t be decided until after the midterm elections.

Whether or not Iowa is an early state in the nominating process, it’s unclear whether the Democrats’ 2024 primary cycle will be an out-and-out race or an open field for all. A New York Times/Siena College July poll found that 64% of Democrats said they want to nominate a new presidential candidate in 2024.

Biden recently said he plans to run for office in the next election cycle. No prominent Democrat has announced their intention to run against him.

The next Republican presidential nomination cycle looks relatively normal. The party has already pledged to hold the nation’s first caucuses in Iowa in 2024.