There have been pretty quite a few articles written provided that 2020 presidential election – together with one from this reporter – on whether or not or not or not former President Trump’s repeated teasing of 1 other White House bid is freezing the sphere all through the race for the 2024 Republican nomination. 

While Trump stays very stylish with the underside of the GOP, and polls at this terribly early stage all through the 2024 presidential cycle stage out that the sooner president is the overwhelming entrance runner all through the nomination race, his immense clout merely shouldn’t be stopping other potential Republican White House hopefuls from visiting the states that kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.


“If you want to run for president, you need to be laying the ground work right now,” longtime Republican strategist Alex Conant educated Fox News. “That doesn’t guarantee that you will be running for president but since the field is potentially very open and very competitive, it’s important to get started early.”

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas traveled to Iowa this weekend, his second go to thus far this summer season season to the state whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the presidential nominating course of. And former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have already made stops this yr in Iowa, New Hampshire – which for a century’s held the first-in-the-nation primary and votes second all through the nominating calendar, and South Carolina, which holds the third contest all through the GOP schedule.

Former President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he leaves the stage after speaking at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Former President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he leaves the stage after talking at a rally on the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

“While Trump has staked his claim in 2024, many candidates are still entering states like Iowa and New Hampshire in an attempt to lay down the ground game of a potential candidacy,” New Hampshire Institute of Politics govt director Neil Levesque well-known.


So far this yr there have been ten journeys to Iowa by eight potential Republican presidential contenders, the very same numbers as there have been in 2013, at this early stage all through the massive open GOP nomination race all through the 2016 cycle. And 4 doable GOP White House hopefuls have stopped in New Hampshire thus far this yr, as in contrast with journeys by 5 potential contenders at this stage eight years before now. 

“Clearly anyone who’s going to Iowa or New Hampshire right now wants to be president. By going now, they’re keeping the option to run open,” Conant, a veteran Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida’s 2016 presidential promoting and advertising and marketing advertising and marketing marketing campaign and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 GOP nomination bid,” said. 

Even though Trump is headed to Iowa next month, and repeatedly flirts with launching a 2024 presidential campaign – telling Fox News in a recent interview that “I do not suppose we’ll have a varied”  – Conant said that most of the other possible contenders “are having fun with that Trump doesn’t find yourself working.”

The potential candidates visiting the early voting states this year all say in unison that the trips are on behalf of fellow Republicans running in the 2022 midterms, when the GOP aims to win back majorities in the House and Senate.

But Levesque noted that while “early on in a president cycle candidates enter states beneath the guise of serving to a fellow candidate from their social gathering, the very fact is that they’re usually laying the underside work for a presidential promoting and advertising and marketing advertising and marketing marketing campaign.”

And with the potential contenders all hoping to avoid appearing like they’re challenging Trump, emphasizing their efforts to help fellow Republicans has become more essential than ever.

“As extended as folks have been going to Iowa and New Hampshire, they’ve been denying that they’re working president. Trump makes that quite extra obligatory, that you just simply don’t appear over desirous to run since no one should get on his mistaken facet,” Conant pointed out.

But that story line expires in just over 13 months. After the 2022 midterms, those trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada are 100% about 2024.

Pence expands team, plans return trips to key states

Pence has been among the busiest Republicans crisscrossing the country this year, campaigning and helping fundraise on behalf of fellow Republicans.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Family Leader's annual leadership summit, in Des Moines, Iowa on July 16 2021.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks on the Family Leader’s annual administration summit, in Des Moines, Iowa on July 16 2021.

Fox News confirms that the sooner vice chairman is planning return journeys all through the approaching months to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And he not too method again opened a mannequin new workplace dwelling all through the nation’s capital for his non-profit group, Advancing American Freedom, doubled his political and safety staff to spherical 20 folks, and added veteran Republican GOP and conservative fundraiser John Fogarty. The data was first reported by CNN.


People in Pence’s inside orbit furthermore affirm to Fox News that the sooner vice chairman would resolve on launching a promoting and advertising and marketing advertising and marketing marketing campaign for the White House impartial of whomever else might or might run

“If he feels called to do this,” an adviser near Pence educated Fox News, “it’s not going to be because of who else is in the race.”

Cotton stops in Iowa

Cotton stopped in Iowa this weekend, his second journey to the Hawkeye State this yr.

The senator on Friday headlined the Pottawattamie County GOP’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner, and met with Iowa farmers at a roundtable dialogue. And on Saturday he helped kicked a tailgate occasion for Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who gained election remaining November by merely six votes and may face a hard reelection subsequent yr.

Pompeo, Christie land new roles

As Fox News first reported on Thursday, The National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT), in an announcement shared first with Fox News, talked about that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will function nationwide co-chairs of the group. The NRRT is the Republican Party’s GOP’s primary group to coordinate the social gathering’s redistricting technique and assemble sources for its authorised security.

Christie, a veteran of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, educated Fox News “anybody who’s thinking about 2024 should be spending their time helping people in 2022 because our part will not be in best position to elect a president unless and until we get at least one house of Congress back.”


And he talked about that the GOP wining the White House in 2024 is “a heck of a lot easier if you’re on a winning streak. If we take back the House of Representatives, which I’m confident if this process goes well that we will – then it makes it a lot easier to set an agenda and have that Republican House start talking about the things that Republicans would do if they were given the White House and the Senate back.”

Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, emphasised that “if we have the House and the Senate, then it will be a platform for us to make sure our message can be delivered and you can see the difference between the two parties. And I’m convinced that will set up 2024 very well for us.”