Not much slips past the wily national media: The Los Angeles Times and MSNBC are all over Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s plans to visit Iowa on Nov. 7 to be the headline speaker at the Iowa GOP’s “Leadership for Iowa” event. See also this item in Politico.
Notes the LA paper:
It may be three years before the election, but as the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza points out, two of Pawlenty’s likely opponents — former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts — finished one-two in the last Iowa caucus.
Never too early to campaign in Iowa, apparently.
MSNBC seems to have the date of the appearance wrong, but notes:
According to The Hill, the Iowa visit will be Pawlenty’s first since 2008, and the “first time he will go with an agenda other than stumping for another presidential contender.” The Hill also reports that tickets for the annual event have been dropped to $25 to make the event open to more than just the party’s wealthy donors.