Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis stage dueling Iowa events

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The caucuses are next month.

 Ron DeSantis plans on Saturday to complete his campaign promise to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties, a timeworn tactic for presidential candidates hoping to make their mark in the leadoff state over months mingling with voters at the state’s diners, cookouts and Pizza Ranches.

But the Florida governor’s moment, like much of his campaign, will take place under the towering shadow of former President Donald Trump.

Around the same time DeSantis is set to take the stage Saturday afternoon in Newton, Iowa, Trump will be addressing cheering supporters about 100 miles away in Cedar Rapids.

Just six weeks are left before the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, which DeSantis has said he “absolutely” expects to win. He’s bet his campaign on the state, winning key endorsements from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and high-profile evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats.

But Trump is dominant in both national and early-state polls and has held large rallies and events to organize caucusgoers throughout the fall. And DeSantis is facing new internal problems within his political operation — with two key officials leaving the major super PAC supporting him — and a stronger challenge from former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has been rising in early-state polls and picked up the support of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the powerful Koch network.

Trump plans to speak at two events Saturday to encourage supporters to commit to caucus for him, first in the Des Moines area and then in the eastern part of the state in Cedar Rapids.

Associated Press


  • Sonja Fitch

    December 2, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Lol lol Poor wittle Desantis! Hims going to get his butt handed to him by the Orange Jesus! They, Trump and Desantis deserve each other. Lol. Lol

  • Biscuit

    December 2, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    NewsSniff out of Iowa, the Hawkeye State: GOP voters who identify as idiots are gathering in Newton for the festive conclusion of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s tour of all 99 Iowa counties, an event heralded in headlines worldwide, most notably in Moscow, Iowa and Naples, Florida. At the same time, a much larger gathering of GOP voters who identify as morons will have flocked to Cedar Rapids to worship former President Donald Trump, who has promised to raise a small turtle from the dead by tapping on its shell, a feat that has played well with his followers in the past.

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