Iowa GOP will hold caucuses in 2020 as Republicans in other states cancel primaries

CNN Politics 2 months ago
2020 hopeful Joe Walsh tells CNN's Erica Hill that President Donald Trump is "literally canceling elections" after all three Republican primary challengers lambasted state GOP leaders for opting to cancel their 2020 Republican presidential primary elections.

The Iowa Republican Party will hold caucuses in 2020, even as some state Republican parties are opting to cancel their 2020 presidential primary elections as a show of support for President Donald Trump.

"It was never really a question," said party spokesperson Aaron Britt, who explained that the Iowa GOP viewed it as a matter of maintaining its vaunted status as the first battleground in the primary process. "We're first in the nation, and that's a role we take very seriously."

However, A handful of state parties, including South Carolina, Arizona and Nevada, are planning to forgo their primaries or caucuses next year. It is not unprecedented for state Republicans or Democrats to decide not to hold a presidential primary when an incumbent is running essentially uncontested.

    But the move has been met with fierce push back from three Republicans currently challenging President Trump.

    In a Washington Post op-ed last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Reps. Joe Walsh of Illinois and Mark Sanford of South Carolina called the moves to cancel primaries a "disgrace."

    "If a party stands for nothing but reelection," they wrote, "it indeed stands for nothing."

    Britt said the Iowa GOP hasn't come under pressure from Trump allies to cancel its caucuses, adding, "Folks understand that this would be an opportunity for President Trump to show how strong he is in this state."

    There's little question that Trump has a strong base of institutional support among Hawkeye State Republicans, however. State Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann has been a vocal advocate for the president. Speaking at a Trump rally in 2017, Kaufmann suggested then-Trump critic Sen. Ben Sasse was not welcome to campaign in Iowa.

    "He crosses the Missouri River, and in that sanctimonious tone, talks about what he doesn't like about Donald Trump," Kaufmann said at the time. "You know what, Sen. Sasse, I really don't care what you like. We love Donald Trump! And if you don't love him, I'd suggest you stay on your side of the Missouri River."

      Last year, Kaufmann clarified that Republican challengers are "welcome" in Iowa.

      "But if those challengers are criticizing Republicans and the president," he added, "I'll push back."

      Source link
      Read also:
      Business Insider › Politics › 2 months ago
      Three Republicans aiming to prevent President Donald Trump's re-election wrote a scathing opinion column condemning their party for canceling its primaries and caucuses in four states. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former Rep. Joe Walsh of...
      USA Today › Politics › 1 month ago
      Iowa Democrats will be able to host "satellite" caucuses at nursing homes, work sites, out-of-state college campuses and overseas in 2020.
      CNN › 2 months ago
      At least four states -- South Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and Nevada -- are canceling their primaries and caucuses, simply assigning their delegates at the 2020 Republican National Convention directly to President Donald Trump. CNN's John Avlon says why...
      The Guardian › Politics › 1 month ago
      Democratic presidential candidate’s persistence is paying off so far, as she overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa pollElizabeth Warren is in the best position to win next year’s Iowa caucuses – which kick off the Democratic party’s primary season in...
      New York Post › Politics › 1 month ago
      AMES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told Iowa voters on Sunday that they can help refute questions about her electability if they support her in the caucuses. “Iowans have the ability to show our country what can be, even...
      The New York Times › Politics › 2 weeks ago
      Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have clear momentum with three months until the Iowa's presidential caucuses. But other top contenders including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders aren't going away.
      New York Daily News › 2 weeks ago
      Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have clear momentum with three months until the Iowa's presidential caucuses. But other top contenders including former
      Business Insider › Politics › 2 weeks ago
      The 2020 election might seem like a long way off, but Iowans will cast the first votes of the 2020 presidential primaries and caucuses just a little over three months from now. Between February and June, nearly every state and US territory will hold a...
      ABC News › 2 weeks ago
      Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have clear momentum in Iowa with three months until the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, and the two Democratic rivals are offering starkly different arguments as they try to close the deal
      CNN › Politics › 2 months ago
      Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses after questions of whether the 76-year-old former vice president is fit for the rigors of the presidency and to take on President Donald
      Sign In

      Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

      Continue with Google