Trump Plans Iowa Trip

Donald Trump is planning a trip to Iowa, another signal that he is serious in his consideration of a presidential bid for 2012. From the Des Moines Register:

New York billionaire Donald Trump said in a Des Moines Register interview Thursday that he expects to visit Iowa soon, likely before his self-imposed June deadline for seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The real estate tycoon and reality television star also said he would campaign aggressively in Iowa for the state’s leadoff caucuses, were he to seek the GOP nomination. His reputation as a successful businessman would set him apart from the gathering field of mostly political leaders, he said.

“I will meet many, many people – maybe all of the people” in Iowa, Trump said in the interview. “If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody.”

A top Trump associate affiliated with a campaign to draft him to run also said Thursday that he plans to visit Iowa on Monday to meet with Republican leaders and activists about a 2012 campaign.

This week Trump also did an interview with Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, defending his donation to Rahm Emmanuel’s mayoral campaign and discussing China.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular


Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More