President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has a plan to win back Iowans after they heard from Democratic presidential candidates for a year: Betsy DeVos stumping in Iowa.
The controversial Secretary of Education is one of about 80 surrogates that the Trump campaign rolled out yesterday that will travel across Iowa to rally supporters on caucus night.
“Our Caucus Day operation is just a preview of what is to come,” said Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, in a statement. “This will be the strongest, best funded, and most organized presidential campaign in history. We are putting the Democrats on notice—good luck trying to keep up with this formidable re-election machine.”
Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, senior advisor Lara Trump, national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee and senior advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Parscale, will lead a group of surrogates at precincts across the state.
Also on the list are more than 25 current Iowa state senators and representatives, along with several notable members of Congress, including Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Elise Stefanik of New York.
Ashley Hinson, a candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, is on the list, but David Young, a former congressman looking to win back the 3rd District, is notably absent. Young has recently tied himself ever closer to Trump in his public interviews, but apparently won’t be advocating for him with the others on caucus night.
Other notables missing from the list include state Sen. Brad Zaun, who was one of the few to endorse Trump in the 2016 caucuses, and state Sen. Charlie Schneider. Both of them face challenging reelection races this year in the Des Moines suburbs, areas where Trump’s brand of politics has made the Republican Party toxic to many voters.
Republicans in Iowa still caucus even though they have an incumbent in the White House. Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh also are running for the Republican nomination, though they have failed to gain support in a party wedded to Trump.
Other caucus night surrogates include:
- Gov. Kim Reynolds
- Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development
- Betsy Devos, secretary of education
- Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff
- Paula White, televangelist and Trump’s spiritual adviser
- Rick Perry, former secretary of energy
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts
- Rod Blum, former Iowa congressman
- Todd Ricketts, finance chairman at the Republican National Committee
- Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 2016 campaign manager
- Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state
- Mike Lindell, inventor and CEO of My Pillow
You can see the full list here.
By Josh Cook