CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With the 2013 General Elections in the book, all eyes are now focusing on the 2016 race for the White House. As reporter Erik Wheater reports, Iowa is where potential candidates are heading first, and they aren’t wasting any time. Potential Republican Presidential candidates are flocking to Iowa while the Democratic candidates wait for Hilliary Clinton to make her decision.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Rick Perry and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have all appeared at dinners and fund raisers over the past weeks. Past Iowa Caucus winners Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee will make appearances in the state.
Kevin Hall, columnist for theiowarepbulican.com says “It is getting earlier and earlier.” He says early visits are important for potential candidates to test the waters with Iowa voters and get a head start on fundraising. Hall says that candidates want to talk to grassroots activists and potential donors to be considered when they are thinking about a candidate.
Of course not every visitor will be a factor in the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, but if they do plan on running, don’t expect to hear anything official anytime soon. Hall says that he doesn’t see anyone officially announce their actual candidacy until 2015.