Trump and DeSantis Will Duel in Iowa

( – According to reports, former President Donald Trump and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis will both be at fundraising rallies in Iowa on the same day this month.

The coincidence in their campaign efforts would create “a very public showdown between two men working to ready their chances for a White House run in 2024,” Breitbart News comments in a report.

Former President Trump became the first candidate to announce his 2024 election bid a week after the midterm election in November.

Florida Governor DeSantis has not made official comments on the matter but is widely expected to challenge Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Earlier this year, reports predicted he would do that in May, after the end of the spring session of Florida’s legislature.

Thus, Trump will headline a rally at a park in Iowa’s capital Des Moines on May 13, according to an Associated Press report, quoting an official from his campaign who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The official disclosed the campaign event of the 45th president of the United States had been planned for weeks since both Trump and DeSantis were trying to “build support inside the political machine and out.”

The report about Trump’s upcoming appearance in Iowa, among the earliest states to vote in the GOP primaries, comes after it was announced that DeSantis would participate in events in the state on May 13.

Florida’s governor will speak in Northwest Iowa at the annual summer fundraiser of Rep. Randy Feenstra. Later the same day, he will address a party fundraiser in Cedar Rapids.

Breitbart and AP emphasized the high “stakes at risk for both” Trump and DeSantis in Iowa, whose GOP caucuses in February 2024 would “offer opportunities for them to cement their status atop” the Republican Party.

At the same time, any failure in Iowa by either of the two would give the other “an opening… to mount an upstart campaign.”

Besides Trump, the other official candidates for the 2024 presidential nomination of the Republican Party include former US Ambassador to the UN and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Alabama Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Others considering a candidacy besides DeSantis are former Vice President Mike Pence and GOP US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

According to a Breitbart report, Scott has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to announce his decision on a 2024 presidential candidacy on May 22.