Former President Donald Trump is set to hold campaign-style rallies in Georgia and Iowa in the coming weeks amid teases of a 2024 Presidential run.
Save America, Trump’s leadership PAC, said Tuesday evening Sept. 7, that the former president will make appearances in Perry, Georgia, on Sept. 25 and Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 9.
The rallies will be Trump’s fourth and fifth since leaving the Oval Office in January. It would be the first visit Trump made to Iowa since last year’s campaign.
The former president has hinted at a third White House attempt in 2024 but has left people guessing by refusing to announce definitively if he will run.
“As you know, it’s very early,” Trump told Candace Owens in an interview. “But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
Those close to the 45th U.S. president keep teasing the green light. For example longtime Trump adviser Jason Miller on Thursday speculated the chance would be “somewhere between 99—100%.”
“I think he’s gonna run,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. “I want him to run. He’s proven he can take the heat.”
The potential comeback effort of the former president got a boost Tuesday when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters that he was not intending to be a presidential candidate. The Republican governor had been praised by some as a better Republican standard-bearer than Trump in 2024.
Both Iowa and Georgia are strategic swing states for Trump’s political prospects, with Iowa acting as the presidential election’s first nominating state. Meanwhile, Georgia is still floundering in the mire of compromised ballot management.
In the 2020 election, the former president won Iowa by around 8 points but lost Georgia by a razor-thin margin.
Others have hinted publicly that they were considering a Presidential bid in 2024, but none had explicitly announced plans to run against the former president.
Besides DeSantis who had dismissed the rumors, other potential candidates for the White House position had been expected to be Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mont.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Tex.), and Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.).