“You go to Iowa for one reason — and it’s not for the food,” said Rick Tyler, a top aide in Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Haley will headline Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s 2020 kickoff campaign fundraiser called the Roast and Ride on June 15 — putting her in the state that begins the presidential primary season every four years. Ernst’s 2015 Roast and Ride drew seven GOP White House hopefuls, including S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Haley’s staff quickly pointed out that the former United Nations ambassador was invited to headline the Ernst fundraiser, as well as others outside of early primary states.
Haley also has top billing at upcoming campaign events for West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, and she is the featured speaker at next week’s gala for anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, D.C. And she has headlined fundraisers in New York for four Republican female senators and top GOP donors.