Mitt Romney was early in his endorsement of Iowa republican Joni Ernst, now, with a month left until election day, he’s returning to do two public events for her next week.
Another recent Romney claim that he won’t be running for president in 2016 has failed to stop media speculation in that regard. The Des Moines Register was the first to break details of the upcoming visit.
Romney — who is again at the center of will-he-or-won’t-he presidential buzz, but said on Bloomberg Politics’ new “With All Due Respect” show on Monday that “I’m not running” — will join Ernst for two stops her “Iowa Knows Best” tour.
At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, they will be at the Iowa Farm Bureau Headquarters, at 5400 University Ave., in West Des Moines, according to an invitation.
And at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, Ernst and Romney will make an appearance at the Cedar Rapids Marriott,1200 Collins Dr. NE, in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be on hand for both events. Both events will be open to members of the public who RSVP.
Ernst is cross-crossing the state on a 99-county tour that she began on Sept. 21, 44 days before the election. On Saturday night, she and Braley will be in Davenport for the second of three debates.