Trump to Iowa in June
March 23rd, 2011
08:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump to Iowa in June

(CNN) – Donald Trump's headed to Iowa, another sign that the businessman, real estate giant, and reality TV star is seriously considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn announced Wednesday morning that Trump will headline the state party's annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10 in Des Moines.

Iowa plays a crucial role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses traditionally kick off presidential primary and caucus season.

Trump, who has said he will decide by June on whether he'll run for president, is also scheduled to speak that month at a political event in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary on the road to the White House.

While he's flirted with running in the past, the often outspoken Trump says he's serious this time around. Trump was a late addition to February's Conservative Political Action Conference, the first major cattle call this cycle for potential GOP presidential candidates.

"Mr. Trump's speech at CPAC earlier this year caught the attention of many political observers and as the 'First in the Nation' caucus state, we extended an invite to allow Mr. Trump to introduce himself to Iowa Republicans," said Strawn in a statement. "We are excited to have Mr. Trump share his vision for a better America through his experiences as an individual who has made a career as an entrepreneur and job creator."

But as Strawn points out, inviting Trump could also help the Iowa Republican party grab more attention and raise more money.

"As Chairman, I have made it a priority to deliver interesting and high-profile national Republican leaders to speak at our events. Mr. Trump's appearance in June is the latest instance of the Iowa GOP working to provide value to its activists, donors and supporters."

Earlier this month a senior Trump adviser traveled to Iowa to meet with Strawn.

Trump will also venture to New Hampshire in June for an appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' "Politics and Eggs," a longtime forum that has become a must-stop for presidential hopefuls. The speaking series hosted 11 presidential contenders in the 2008 cycle.


-CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Mark Preston contributed to this story


Filed under: Donald Trump • Iowa
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    I heard he came out as a "Birther," a sure sign of Republican ambition. But I also heard that thing on his head wanted to run as a third-party candidate with Sarah Palin.

    March 23, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Don: America is not just a corporation or a casino. You don't have the depth to lead a diverse, inhomogeneuos nation.
    As president, you cannot just "fire" problems.
    And you would be better off ditching the Justin Bieber hairpiece.

    March 23, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. bailoutsos

    "Trump: U.S. should control Iraq oil"

    China will have none of that.

    March 23, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. tstorm

    There is nothing "presidential" about any of the Republican candidates. From Sarah Palin to Tim Pawlenty to Huckabee, they all look and act like they just tumbled out of a clown-car at the circus.

    March 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He may have the money to run, but I don't think he'd make a good president. He is too much a business person. He doesn't understand that he can't fire Congress.

    March 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Rafael

    Trump is what America needs. I will vote for him what do we have to lose. Obama sucks he is just a 3rd term of Bush. The others are the same so Trump is something different at least he seems to have b***s something Obama wishes he could find or have.

    March 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. sick of republican phonies

    Trump knows he has no chance of being nominated. He just wants the publicity; it's good for his reality shows. He's an egomaniac, abetted by unthinking, pavlovian coverage from "news" sources like CNN. Not everything attached to a "famous" name is news, CNN!

    March 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. BD70

    Well this cattle call on the republican side is destined for the glue factory. Trump for president? omg....

    March 23, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Chas in Iowa

    Donald will be like the rest of the GOP candidates visiting Iowa. The term visiting Iowa is relevent as they only appear at the big cash GOP events then they are gone. Iowans never see these guys and I don't see why they come here other than a big cash grab.

    March 23, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Lindsay

    Yeah, right. That's all this country needs is to have a swindling billionaire like The Donald in the Oval Office. Figures he's a Republican. Hey Donald...go back to getting hair jobs and trying to keep your casinos out of bankruptcy. YOU'RE FIRED.

    March 23, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Martha in CF

    Trump is NOT presidential material. Please spare us........

    March 23, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. twiddly

    So this admitted cheater and liar (Gaddai's real estate swindle that he bragged about) still thinks he's got what it takes to be president?
    He is as loony as Charlie Sheen, but much more dangerous.

    March 23, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Dsangiovanni

    I hope this guy win the GOP nomination. Just to see Obama cleaning the floor with him.

    March 23, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. ED FL

    When this endeavor flops like so many other Trump Trials it will be just another questionable Trump exercise in futility.AKA Poor judgement on another failure.

    March 23, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    The crroked real estate agent has no chance of becoming president. I don't see how this city slicker billionaire can relate to any middle class American in Iowa.

    March 23, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. blake

    Really bad step, unless your goal is to split the Republican vote and insure an Obama re-election.

    March 23, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Mike11

    Wow, another idiot by the name of Don (from Trumpland) So we are to believe this is the kind of man who will lead us truthfully and be upfront? Shows no ethics and he wants to be a world leader based on lies and deception?
    Say anything to get the sale?? The "sale' being president? Shows alot about this guys character! The GOP quite insane nowdays.....

    March 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Itsa

    Trump.... That nasty habit of leveraging himself to the hilt , only to file bankruptcy repeatedly speaks to his obsessive need for self gain at any expense. Suuuurre, exactly what America needs in its leader..............not.

    March 23, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Steve

    I thought Donald was still screwing Gaddafi and both of them were enjoying it.

    March 23, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Marko

    Attention. Attention. I need constant attention. Look at me. Look at me. Big egos need lots of attention. So why not this for one of the biggest egos of all.

    March 23, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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