Everyone gets their moment in Iowa, apparently.
Past the news in The DeMoines Register headline — that Donald Trump will headline the state GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner on June 10 — is a bit of insight into how things currently work in the
Buckeye Hawkeye state.
Trump plans to have announced his plans before attending the June 10 event, [Trump Adviser Michael] Cohen told the Register Tuesday. “Either he will be the keynote speaker as a candidate at the dinner or he will just be an honored guest,” Cohen said in a telephone interview. “He’s not going to make an announcement at the event. He will be announcing his plans before that.”
The banquet highlights the different approach the Iowa GOP is taking to the 2012 campaign from four years ago. In April 2007, 10 Republican presidential prospects paraded across the stage at the Polk County Convention Complex, giving short speeches to the audience of activists.
This year, Strawn has opted to hold events around the state featuring individual presidential prospects. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour attended the first one last week in Davenport.
The shift was aimed in part at taking the focus off Des Moines and shifting it to county-level party organizations, plus drawing more media attention than a single event would.
“I think quite frankly it’s more fair to the keynote speakers when they get the stage to themselves,” [Iowa GOP Chairman Matt] Strawn said.
[h/t Taegan Goodard]