Romney Coming to Iowa

Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney’s first visit to Iowa this year is scheduled for Friday, May 27 in Des Moines.

Romney, a former governor, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. at the State Historical Building, according to the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

His speech at a Partnership event signals his intention to focus on economic issues rather than gay marriage, abortion or other religious issues that are the focus of other Iowa presidential events organized by Christian conservatives, Romney’s supporters said.

Romney will do a walk-and-talk event prior to the Des Moines event, and then he will head to eastern Iowa for an event hosted by the Linn and Johnson County Republican committees.

MittRomneyIowaIf he seeks the nomination for the second time, Romney will campaign in Iowa but is expected to run a much different campaign here than in 2012, when he spent spent $10 million, hired dozens of staff and advertised for nearly a year.

Romney and his Iowa aides have aimed to quell rumors that he would skip Iowa after a disappointing second-place finish in the caucuses 2008. Arkansas Republican Mike Huckabee won.

This year, Romney is one of just a small number of better-known Republicans who have taken the first formal steps toward a White House bid by forming a presidential exploratory committee. Georgia’s Newt Gingrich, Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty and Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum are among the others.

Romney, who lost the Republican presidential nomination to John McCain three years ago, announced his new committee on April 11.

The new Iowa lecture series, with Romney as its first speaker, is sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and Iowa Politics.com and in partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the statement from the Franklin Center says.

The event will be free of charge and open to the public, Martha Willits, chief executive and president of the Greater Des Moines Partnership said in the statement.

Attendees to the series may RSVP at www.desmoinesmetro.com/events. They will have the opportunity to submit questions via social media on the Partnership websites.

The historical building is at 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines. Free parking will be available at the state parking lot located across Grand Avenue.

Source: Des Moines Register

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