Only 3 Years to Go: GOP Hopefuls Hitting Iowa
Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump make appearances
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2013 11:20 AM CDT
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

(Newser) – The campaign season, it seems, has already begun—for 2016. With a scant three years to win over voters, Rick Santorum, Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and other potential GOP presidential hopefuls have been making themselves known in Iowa, the Wall Street Journal reports. Santorum, Cruz, and Trump all dropped by an evangelical event in Ames, Iowa, this weekend; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently visited Des Moines for a gathering run by a donor.

"We always get candidates who come out early to dip their toe in the water, but it's nothing like the intensity this time around," says a leading conservative figure in Iowa. As for Democrats, things are a little quieter—but not much. Some are waiting to hear whether Hillary Clinton will run before they make a move, the Journal notes. But Joe Biden will speak at Sen. Tom Harkin's yearly steak fry this year, the Des Moines Register reports. The Sept. 15 event has a reputation for drawing in presidential hopefuls, including Barack Obama, Clinton, Biden, and a host of rivals in 2007.

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Aug 13, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
What a pathetic statement it is to see the GOP vermin slithering into pristine innocent Iowa. Land of Corn. I'd say these three stooges are the worst of the worst money can buy. Rick "Frothy Ass Sex Slime" Santorum is flat disgusting and a has been fake. Ted Cruz, look up "snake oil salesman" and his greasy image fills the page. He is a liar who pretends to be a Tea Bagger when he in fact is a DC Lawyer and his wife is a former millionaire Goldman Sachs Banker. About as far from a Tea Party hack as you can get. Trump isn't even worth the time it takes to craft a witty comment. He is lower than the dogshit on the bottom of my boot.. Simple truth. The Democrats will win in 2016 easily. All you praying GOP idiots. Pray for Ricky "Blow Dry" Perry to "save" the party. He might take less pills and remember his platform this time. Less Government, More Guns. Spend insanely on the Pentagon and the police state War on Americans. Stifle women and pocket tons of campaign cash. That is the Republican Way. Hillary will make a fine President. (I will take even bets with every one of you GOP "believers" if you believe Perry or Santorum can even make it through the primaries.) Cruz won't get anywhere and Trump is just in it for the PR and ego stroking. He is vile. They all are.
Aug 13, 2013 6:18 AM CDT
Love that santorum
Aug 13, 2013 1:18 AM CDT
How many hundreds of millions will the republiCONs spend for the honor and privilege of losing in a landslide to Hillary ?