Former President TrumpDonald TrumpNIH director begs evangelicals to ‘look at evidence’ on vaccines Trump says Grassley has his ‘complete and full approval’ Blinken to hold meetings next week with UAE, Israeli foreign ministers MORE announced during its convention in Des Moines, Iowa, that Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTrump says Grassley has his ‘full and complete approval’ Trump draws to Iowa as talk in 2024 grows Photos of the Week: Manchin, California’s oil spill and a podium dog MORE (R-Iowa) had its “complete and total approval.”
“You are the greatest,” Trump told Grassley, who attended the convention. “Look here, he’s young!”
“I am thrilled to announce tonight that Senator Chuck Grassley has my full and full support for re-election,” the former president announced.
Grassley appeared on the scene next to Trump and made brief remarks regarding the approval.
“I was born at night, but not last night,” Grassley said. “So if I did not accept the approval of someone who has 91 percent of the Republican voters in Iowa, I would not be too smart. I’m smart enough to accept that recommendation. ”
Trump shouts that Grassley “is young” and then approves Grassley for re-election when they shake hands.
Grassley abandons the game by saying “if I did not accept the approval of someone who has 91% of Republican voters in Iowa, I would not be too smart” pic.twitter.com/MI9CffbX8u
– Aaron Rupar (atrupar) October 10, 2021
The 88-year-old Republican senator announced in late September that he would seek re-election for an eighth term and remain silent for several months on whether he would run again. According to the Cook Political Report’s latest Senate Senate run in 2022, published in mid-July, Grassley’s seat is rated as solidly Republican.
Grassley’s place is likely to be a safe bet, given that he won his last senatorial race in 2016 by 25 points.
Earlier this year, former Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerTrump says Grassley has his ‘complete and total approval’ Grassley announces re-election bid The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Alibaba – Democrats argue for price before politics in the midst of encryption MORE (D) announced that she would also run for a Senate bid in the state, even though it was over 10 years ago that a Democratic senator was elected in Iowa. According to a Des Moines Register / Mediacom Iowa poll released Sept. 21, a hypothetical matchup found Finkenauer left Grassley with 18 points.
The former president went to Iowa amid talk of a 2024 bid. According to a poll published this week, 53 percent of Iowans viewed the former president positively, while 45 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The voting results showed a far better performance than at any time during his presidency.
Trump has been teasing with the idea of yet another presidential bid privately and publicly for months, stating that his supporters will be “very happy” with his decision to run.