Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are scheduled to attend fundraising events in Iowa on the same day later this month, setting up a high-profile clash between two men vying for the White House in 2024.
According to the Associated Press, Trump will headline a rally in Des Moines on May 13 in a park, citing a Trump campaign official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The event had been planned for weeks, according to the official, as both hopefuls seek support both inside and beyond the political system.
According to the Associated Press, Trump's appearance comes at a time when DeSantis was already scheduled to keynote Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra's annual summer fundraising in northwest Iowa and speak at a party fundraiser later that evening in Cedar Rapids.
The article goes on to say that the stakes for both men are very high in Iowa.
That is where the caucuses in February provide the opportunity for them to strengthen their position atop the Republican Party. A bad showing by either would open the door for other Republicans to launch a new campaign.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, for example, is expected to announce his decision on a presidential bid in 2024 on May 22, according to Breitbart News.
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