In a campaign swing resembling that of a presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plans to make a three-day trip across Iowa next week, another indication that the libertarian-leaning Republican is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run.
Paul will be in Iowa from Aug. 4-6. He will make appearances at Iowa GOP offices in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, according to a spokesman for his organization, RandPAC.
He will also attend fundraisers for congressional candidates Steve King and Mariannette Miller-Meeks and the Cerro Gordo GOP. The senator will visit the Von Maur Corporate Headquarters and speak at the Westside Conservative Club Breakfast.
Paul’s trip to Iowa — the first state to hold a presidential nominating contest — comes the same day Paul named John Yob, a former aide to presidential candidate John McCain, as his national political director and chief strategist of his Michigan RANDPAC operation.
No other possible GOP candidate for president has been ramping up a national organization like Paul in recent months: Paul has also hired Iowa Republican Party Chairman A.J. Spiker and New Hampshire veteran Republican strategist Michael Biundo.