COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. — Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton met Friday with Republican activists in the early presidential testing ground of Iowa, walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump’s White House.
The 40-year-old freshman Republican senator sounded national themes as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican Party’s annual fundraiser in Council Bluffs in conservative western Iowa. It was a role thick with presidential implications despite Trump’s solid standing among Iowa Republicans less than four months into his term.
“Americans are ready for that new beginning. I’m ready for that new beginning,” Cotton said in closing his 20-minute speech to more than 100 Iowa GOP loyalists.
However, Cotton offered a simple “no” when asked if he was laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign, or hedging his bets should the Republican Trump not seek re-election.
“I’m up for re-election in Arkansas” in 2020, Cotton told The Associated Press before the fundraising…
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