WEST DES MOINES – On the surface, it might seem like New York billionaire Donald Trump might have little in common with a congressman from Iowa’s most rural district. However, in many ways, Trump and Steve King are kindred spirits. They are both controversial. They are both. They both say exactly what is on their minds, consequences be damned. And they both have little regard for President Obama.
“Certainly the country is not running well. We’re laughed at all over the world,” Trump told Iowa reporters on Saturday.
The real estate mogul and TV star was in town to headline a high dollar fundraiser for Congressman King. It was his Trump’s first public appearance in Iowa since speaking at The Family Leader’s annual summit in August 2013.
“I’m here to support Steve King, a special guy, a smart person with really the right views on almost everything,” Trump said.
There was a lot of mutual admiration between the two as they spoke to reporters for almost a half-hour. While most of the discussion centered on President Obama and his policies, King and Trump also took time to praise each other.
“Time after time, when the hand of Donald Trump reached out and touched something, it turned into something good for America,” Congressman King said. “You can’t do that unless you understand Americans and how we think. That’s an intuitive, as well as a learned trait.”
King is likely headed toward a sixth term in the U.S. House. His Democrat opponent, Jim Mowrer, is not well known, the DCCC just pulled their resources out of the race and the Fourth District is overwhelmingly Republican.
Add to that the financial resources Donald Trump helped King rake in on Saturday, and it is almost assured Steve King is headed toward victory in November.
“I’m a big supporter of Steve. He’s done an amazing job. He’s somebody respected all over the country,” Trump said. “It’s my great honor to be here today to endorse and to support Steve King.”
Congressman King mentioned that as soon as the November elections come to an end, Iowans will begin looking ahead to the 2016 Iowa Caucus. A slew of possible GOP presidential contenders are visiting or have visited the state this month.
Donald Trump has toyed with the idea of running for president in years past. He was even a national frontrunner for a brief time in 2011. If Trump ever did make a serious run, the relationships he has already established could pay dividends. He has already allied Congressman King and Bob Vander Plaats, two of Iowa’s most prominent conservative leaders. Trump also heaped praise on Governor Branstad during the press conference.
As for a potential run for the Oval Office in 2016, Donald Trump indicates he is considering it.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “Right now we have a president that’s doing such a poor job, such a horrible job. We’ll see who’s running. We’ll see what’s going to happen, first of all, in the next month because that’s going to be very interesting. After that, we’ll make a decision, sometime after the beginning of the year.”
First, Trump wants to make sure Steve King and other Republicans fare well in the November elections.
“I’m thrilled Donald Trump is here to support my campaign,” King said. “I look forward to the next couple of weeks. I especially look forward to the vote count at the end and an opportunity perhaps to help Donald Trump and lend a hand instead of the other way around.”
Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com
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