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05 February 2010

Could Iowa Visit By Tom Price Be Prelude To Presidential Campaign?

The Hill reported Thursday that Georgia Congressman Tom Price is headed to Iowa for two events sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party.

Price, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), will travel to the state for two events on Mon., Feb. 22.

Price will headline a breakfast in Sioux Center and a lunch in Sioux City in Iowa, a state that's home to the first presidential nominating contests. A lawmaker's trip to events like the ones Price will attend can signal that he is testing the waters for a run for the White House.

“Iowans will be able to relate to Congressman Price," Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement. "He knows that government interference doesn’t always make something better. And he’s putting forth principled solutions for issues that Iowans care about, like healthcare."

O'Brien, Michael (2010-2-4). Rep. Tom Price heading to Iowa. The Hill. Retrieved on 2010-2-5.

Some may read too much into Tom Price visiting Iowa. A presidential run by Price is too unrealistic at this time. He lacks the nationwide network and name ID to be a serious contender for the Republican nomination.

I do believe though that Price is positioning himself to be in the leadership should the GOP win back the majority in the U.S. House. Majority whip or even majority leader isn't too far-fetched.