WASHINGTON — Part of the difficulty with exploring a presidential bid as a current member of Congress, as University of New Hampshire professor and pollster Andrew Smith told me last week, is that one has to be in Washington so frequently that one doesn’t get to spend a ton of time in the early primary states.
So with Congress on a one-week recess, Michele Bachmann today is headed to Iowa for a five-day swing through the first-in-the-nation caucus state, centered mostly in the Des Moines area. Here’s a brief outline of the trip (all times local to Iowa, which follows Central time):
On Wednesday around noon she’ll speak at the state Capitol building in Des Moines for a Christian home school educatiors event, followed by a 3:30 speech at another homeschool event at a hotel in the city. Expect to see something on Good Morning America with footage and an interview taped throughout the day.
Thursday is mostly private meetings, but the day ends with a Facebook town hall at 5 p.m., likely from somewhere in or around Des Moines. Following that, she’ll head to the Iowa Renewal Project’s event at the Sheraton in West Des Moines (a separate city, but right next door) and close with an after-dinner reception.
Friday is almost all private meetings, and no widely-attendable public events are scheduled as yet.
Saturday, she lines up with other possible presidential contenders like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain at the Conservative Principles Conference, in Des Moines. If ever there were friendly territory for her, this would be it, as the event is hosted by her closest ally in the House, Iowa Rep. Steve King. Her flight out of Iowa is scheduled for late Saturday.
That’s the basic outline of her trip, however it should be noted that Bachmann likes to do unannounced stop-ins to various places, and the last time she went to Iowa she didn’t announce a visit with Tea Party members at a local coffee shop, though the Des Moines Register’s Tom Beaumont and I found out about it and were eventually allowed in.
If you’re particularly curious to see the trip but can’t go to Des Moines, Bachmann staffers tell me they’re going to try to livestream her public events on her website, much the same way they did with her New Hampshire trip.