As nationally known Republicans descended on Iowa ahead of the midterm elections, they insisted they were focused on boosting their allies in the state, resolutely deflecting questions about their own possible presidential runs as they made repeated trips to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley campaigned with Gov. Kim Reynolds. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott attended a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson. Former Vice President Mike Pence traveled with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.
“Today, it’s all about winning back the Congress and reelecting Sen. Chuck Grassley,” Pence said when reporters asked him at the Iowa State Fair in August whether he would run for president and compete in the Iowa caucuses.
Well, voting in the midterm elections officially is over, and the fig leaf is gone. It’s caucus season in Iowa.
“I think they’re going to be a lot less…