Tim Scott to participate in GOP event in Iowa

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is set to participate in a GOP event in Iowa this week, likely fueling speculation about a potential presidential bid in 2024. 

The Iowa Republican Party said Scott is set to join a reception Thursday hosted by party chair Jeff Kaufmann that will also feature Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).

“Chairman Kaufmann will lead an interview-style discussion with Senator Tim Scott, Senator Joni Ernst, and Governor Kim Reynolds,” the party said.

Scott joins a number of other potential 2024 contenders in visiting Iowa in recent months, including Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The South Carolina Republican has not publicly addressed speculation that he might run for president in 2024, but his name has been floated as a candidate who could bridge the establishment and pro-Trump flanks of the party given his conservative stances, support for former President Trump’s agenda and mild demeanor.

While Iowa holds outsized sway given its top slot in the primary calendar, the South Carolinian could also hold an advantage in his home state, which also holds one of the earliest nominating contests.

Tags Donald Trump Iowa Joni Ernst Kim Reynolds Mike Pompeo Republican Party of Iowa Rick Scott Tim Scott Tom Cotton

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