The Iowa Republican has learned that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is coming to Des Moines to headline an event for the Republican Party of Iowa. The Republican Party has yet to release the details of this event, but it is expected to be held on Thursday, June 25th.
Just yesterday, Congressional Quarterly had an article saying that Barbour will not rule out a 2012 presidential run. Barbour was elected to a second term in 2007. Because of term limits, Barbour cannot seek a third term as governor. Barbour was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1994 when Republicans captured control of both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Barbour is great get for the Republican Party of Iowa as he should appeal to both the moderates and conservatives of the party. Additionally, Barbour is widely praised for the way in which he dealt with Hurricane Katrina. His disaster experience could make for an interesting speech in Iowa considering that Barbour will be in the state just after the one year anniversary of the devastating floods of 2008.
Barbour’s visit to Iowa means yet another potential presidential candidate is making his way to Iowa. Since the last general election, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and George Pataki have all traveled to the Hawkeye state. Nevada Senator John Ensign is scheduled to be in northwest Iowa on June 1st to headline the American Future Fund’s conservative lecture series.
In addition to Ensign, Mike Huckabee will be back in Iowa on June 10th to speak at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Annual Conference, and he will also headline a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.
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