Former President Donald Trump expressed his confidence in winning the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in January, brushing aside advisers' caution not to overstate expectations. However, during a recent appearance in Sioux City, Iowa, he mistakenly greeted the audience in the wrong name, calling it "Sioux Falls," a city located in South Dakota. Trump quickly corrected himself, but the gaffe did not dampen his belief that Iowa will support him.
Trump's prediction is based on the perceived economic benefits that farm states have gained from the tariffs imposed on China during his administration. Despite facing criticism from former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has sparked interest among Iowa Republicans and experienced a boost in polls, Trump continues to hold a strong position in the state.
The former president has been actively campaigning in Iowa, with this particular event in Sioux City being his eighth campaign event in just over a month. Trump's team has aimed to run a more organized campaign this time, in contrast to his previous run in 2016 when he was unfamiliar with the process.
Trump's criticism of Haley centered on her disloyalty to him, rather than her performance in his Cabinet. The former ambassador has subtly criticized Trump in recent months, and her sharpest critique came during a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Additionally, Trump received an endorsement from Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and former member of his Cabinet. Carson's endorsement holds significance, particularly considering some members resigned post the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, citing Trump's role in the violence.
Leading in the polls by double digits, Trump has also criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, suggesting that he should drop out of the race. The former president made a grand entrance at the Iowa State Fair in August, overshadowing other Republican contenders and solidifying his position as the front-runner.
During his speech at the fair, Trump emphasized his commitment to banning "child sexual mutilation" while allowing gasoline-fired engines if re-elected in 2024. Iowa, in late September, implemented a ban on gender-affirming care, which Trump referred to using this controversial terminology.
As Trump continues his campaign efforts in areas that previously supported Democrats, he remains confident that Iowa will once again back his bid for the presidency in the upcoming caucuses.