Donald Trump is headed to Iowa this June to headline the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner CUT , the Des Moine Register reports, possibly indicating a seriousness to his talk of a 2012 presidential bid.
The dinner will mark Trump's first political appearance in Iowa - home of the first caucus and a crucial campaign spot for any presidential contender. Last week, the business magnate and television star -who has been openly flirting with entering the race for several months - also announced a trip to leadoff primary state New Hampshire.
According to the Register, Trump's appearance is meant to ramp up the publicity for the state's primary.
"When he decided to make a CPAC appearance and first started making rumblings of potentially exploring a presidential run, I thought, if that's the case, we need to reach out to him to headline one of our events," said Iowan GOP chairman Matt Strawn, in an interview with the Register.
Trump is expected to announce a decision about a presidential bid in June.
On Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" last night, correspondent Lewis Black mockingly endorsed Trump's prospective bid, declaring that "what this country needs is a crazy third world dictator," Black said. "And Donald Trump has what it takes to be that."
"He's got what every good dictator needs," Black added. "A ridiculously oversized ego!"
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