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Tom Cotton of Arkansas Return to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus state this week.

On Thursday, Cotton, an Army veteran who served in combat in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and was a rising star in the Republican Party, will headline the Storey County Iowa GOP’s annual fundraising dinner.

We also learned a few days ago that Cotton will return to New Hampshire next month, which ranks the first primary on the presidential nomination calendar. Senators will headline the state GOP’s annual golf tournament on August 16 in picturesque Wentworth by Sea Golf Club in Rye, New Hampshire.

Cotton, who faced nominal opposition as he easily won re-election in 2020 in heavily red Arkansas, has helped fellow Republicans in the country over the past year and a half. mid-term elections in November, And it has made several stops in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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A Republican strategist in Cotton’s political orbit told Fox News, “It shows that Sen. Cotton and others are going ahead and making their own decisions and making connections in these early states and programs for other candidates.” ” “Sen. Cotton focused on helping the Iowa and New Hampshire state parties succeed in 2022, but also on building relationships and laying the groundwork for other possibilities.”

Cotton publicly went bad when asked about 2024.

“I’m not making any decisions about the future right now. The election we’re seeing in our windshields is the 2022 election,” Cotton told Fox News during a stop in New Hampshire in December.

Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, sits down for an interview with Fox News at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on December 3, 2021 in Goffstown, NH.
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But after the senator met with top donors and advisers last month at the Hay Adams Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, sources attending that meeting confirmed to Fox News that Cotton said he would not postpone another potential candidate — Including former President Donald Trump – when it comes to his own decision about launching a national campaign. And Cotton said a decision on whether to run for president would come after the November midterm election. The meeting was first reported by Politico.

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After that meeting, Cotton told Fox News That “we’ll see what happens after the medium term.”

New Hampshire’s Republican National Committee (RNC) member Chris Egger recently told Fox News that Cotton’s visit to the Granite State is “very important to our fundraising.”

Egger, who, as a member of the RNC committee, remains neutral in the GOP primaries, said he can see Cotton resonating with New Hampshire Republicans, should he decide to run for the White House in the 2024 cycle. “Sen. Cotton has been at the forefront of conveying the Republican message across the country,” he said.

Haley says she’ll run in 2024 if ‘there’s room for me’

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haleywho served as ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, returned to Iowa last week.

On Wednesday, Haley was the highlight at an Iowa GOP regional reception in Dubuque, and on Thursday she headlined Rep. Randy Fenstra’s annual Family Picnic fundraiser at the Sioux Center in the conservative northwest part of Hawkeye State.

Asked by reporters at the Sioux Center whether his 2024 decision will be influenced by ongoing congressional hearings, the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and now derailing Congressional certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump To try to take off, Haley said don’t respond directly.

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But she did offer a title, saying, “I had the pleasure of serving the state that raised me and protecting the country I love dearly. And if it looks like there’s room for me next year, then so be it.” I’ve never lost a race.. I’m not going to start now. I’ll put in 1,000%, and I’ll finish it.”

Grenell Stops in Iowa

Rick Grenell, who served as Acting Director of National Intelligence during the Trump administration, also visited Iowa last week.

Grenell, who some pundits see as a potential running mate if Trump decides to start another White House run, spoke to the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, on Wednesday and the Dallas County GOP on Thursday.

Pompeo moves forward with advertising in Iowa and South Carolina

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, along with Haley, Cotton and former Vice President Mike Pence, has been a frequent visitor to early-voting presidential candidates, stressed that the right to pray “Anytime and Anywhere is Fundamental” in the inaugural ad by his Political Action Committee.

Digital Spot was launched on Monday as Conservative majority in the Supreme Court, In a major opinion, the ruling ruled that public school officials have a constitutional right to pray in public and lead students into prayer during school events.

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And the ad fueled more speculation about the possibility that Fox News contributor Pompeo would launch the 2024 White House run, as the spot is running in Iowa and South Carolina, which ranks third in the GOP presidential nomination calendar. Social conservatives play a large role in Republican Party politics in both states.

“They are not just words. They are not mere actions. They are the things that make us. They lift us, inspire us, save us,” Pompeo says in the ad over scenes of people in prayer. “I am Mike Pompeo, and that is who we are. Together, let’s make sure that our religious freedom and our right to pray is never revoked.”

The ad is the first ad for Pompeo’s Champion American Values ​​PAC, which the former Kansas congressman, who served as the CIA director in the Trump administration and America’s top diplomat, last year to help travel the country in support of the partner. established as a vehicle. Republicans are running mid-term elections in November,

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A source in Pompeo’s political class told Fox News to expect more ads from the committee.