Trump Kicks Off 2024 Campaign in Iowa, Challenges Ahead
Former President Donald Trump is making his first campaign stop in Iowa since announcing his 2024 presidential bid. Trump, who is currently under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney, is visiting the crucial state to kick off the GOP nominating calendar. He is accompanied by potential and announced primary challengers, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Education has become a political flashpoint and is expected to take center stage in the upcoming election, as Trump has called for cutting federal funding for schools that teach “critical race theory, gender ideology, or other inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content.” He has also threatened to end federal funding for schools that teach “a child that they could be trapped in the wrong body.”
Trump’s record on ethanol is mixed. He granted waivers to small refineries temporarily exempting them from laws that require them to blend biofuels like ethanol into their gasoline, which led to backlash from farmers as it reduced demand for their crops.
Trump campaign officials know they have their work cut out for them in Iowa, as a win or a loss could set the tone for the entire primary season. However, they believe they will have an advantage over other 2024 hopefuls because of the data they’ve collected on Iowa voters and donors during the dozens of times Trump has visited the state since the launch of his first presidential campaign in 2015. The team plans to identify potential Trump voters and their precincts, and make sure their voter registrations are up to date.
Trump will also need to ramp up his outreach to evangelical Christian voters — who helped deliver the state for him in the 2016 and 2020 general elections — after lashing out at religious conservatives who have declined to endorse his third presidential campaign. Trump has cited his appointment of three Supreme Court justices who voted for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision last summer to overturn federal abortion rights as evidence of his commitment to the Right to Life movement.
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