September 7th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
4 years ago

2012 Watch: Romney to Iowa

Romney is heading to Iowa in October.
Romney is heading to Iowa in October.

(CNN) – Mitt Romney is headed to Iowa next month, the latest potential 2012 presidential candidate with plans pay a visit to the crucial early-voting state this fall.

The former Massachusetts governor - who placed second in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses - plans to campaign for the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Terry Branstad, at a fundraising dinner in Bettendorf, according to Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

It will be Romney's first trip to the Hawkeye State since March, when he did a book signing at the Des Moines Public Library.

The trip is part of the former Massachusetts governor's previously announced tour to 25 states over the next ten weeks leading up to the midterm elections. The tour kicked off late last month when Romney attended a fundraiser in Boston for New Hampshire's Republican Party.

The multi-state travel is sure to heighten Romney's visibility in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run. The kickoff of the tour follows a meeting Romney had last month in New Hampshire with many of the staffers from his 2008 presidential campaign.

But Romney isn't the only likely White House hopeful with plans to touch down in Iowa over the coming weeks. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has plans to be in the state later this week while former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make an appearance there in October.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    Please...no Mormon in the White House. May as well have a Muslim.

    September 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    The snake oil salesman is back! Does he remember which side of the fence he is on? Does he remember he started his own health care plan in Massachusetts? This guy is appalling, makes my skin crawl!

    September 7, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Louisiana Man

    Mitt-the deferment christian wanna-be that defended the brilliance of bush when he deployed our kids to die for that useless, stupid war,-but he himself never donned a uniform-nor any of his five sons-

    Remember, they helped out the war effort by driving daddy around in an A/C bus to campaign for the presidency last go round.

    But Mitt, you are a Mormon-a heathen non christian- akin to Obama -if you listen to the tales of the purist right.

    Unfit to serve the military or his country-even with all that money. How sad-poor little rich boy and sons.

    September 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. ABM

    Another GOP failure waiting to happen. Just look at what he done with SLC's Olympics – curruption at it's finest.

    You will not get my vote.

    September 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Good luck with that!!

    September 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. steve kevlin

    if the tea party has it way.. and the gop .. then good old mitt. wont be able to run for president.. his dad was born in mexico.... so push that vote through.... ...

    steve

    September 7, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Gary

    Romney would make a much better President than Obama...he has business and executive experience. Romney 2012!

    September 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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