Fox News star Tucker Carlson may have just made the first move in an unlikely 2024 Republican presidential nomination run, speculators said Tuesday.
Carlson is heading to the first Republican primary battleground of Iowa as a keynote speaker for the influential Chrisitan political organization FAMiLY in July.
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The organization’s 2022 FAMiLY Leadership Summit in Des Moines is meant to promote socially conservative values in the state.
The event is frequently headlined by the biggest Republican names to shore up support ahead of a presidential run. It is the same summit where former President Donald Trump memorably disparaged late Sen. John McCain’s military record in 2016.
The 2021 summit was attended by a number of Republican political heavyweights including former Vice President Mike Pence, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — three early potential frontrunners in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Carlson’s unexpected move quickly created a buzz among media pundits, who speculated about the Fox News star’s potential presidential ambitions.
“Tucker Carlson heading to Iowa, home of the presidential caucuses, this summer. This particular group’s gathering has long been an event attended by Republicans with presidential ambitions,” CBS News star Robert Costa said.
“Tucker Carlson is appearing at the Family Leader summit in Iowa, a typically influential political forum in Iowa GOP politics ahead of presidential cycles,” New York Times’s Maggie Haberman wrote.
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“The old saying that no one winds up in Iowa by accident,” the Time’s political reporter Shane Goldmacher joked.
Really starting to look like Tucker Carlson is planning to run for president https://t.co/2wqsqURGQP
— Mona (@Monaheart1229) April 26, 2022
Of course, not everyone is convinced Carlson would make a 2024 run.
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At his current job, Carlson is popular — and well paid. He’d have to give that all up to run for president.
Before everyone gets too excited, just take a breath: no way someone gives up a lucrative TV bid to run for president, especially considering that they would have their finances and personal life examined in way they haven't been before.
Guy's never been elected to anything! https://t.co/5BBEMmo2fD
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) April 26, 2022
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