“Mitt Romney sees the picture on what it takes to get elected to the presidency,” King said. “He’s run campaigns in Iowa twice in the past, and if it’s in his head and his heart and he’s driven to do this, then that’s going to be good for our country that we will have the debate that will come from this.”

King is set to play host this Saturday to a slew of potential Republican White House hopefuls who are descending on Des Moines for an event co-hosted by the conservative group Citizens United.

The Iowa Freedom Summit will be the first major cattle call of the 2016 Republican campaign with likely White House contenders including Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Ben Carson among those scheduled to speak to conservative activists in the nation’s first voting state.