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Paul Ryan heads back to Iowa in November

DES MOINES, IowaWisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will travel to Iowa to headline a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in November, Branstad campaign spokesman Jimmy Centers told Yahoo News.

Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012 and is weighing a possible presidential run of his own in 2016, will speak at the governor’s annual “Birthday Bash” at an amusement park in Altoona on Nov. 15. Branstad is facing re-election in 2014.

Republicans and Democrats hold their first presidential caucuses in Iowa, so any visit by a high-profile lawmaker like Ryan further suggests that he is considering a bid for the White House. Last year, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio attended Branstad’s birthday fundraiser, and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky are currently visiting Des Moines to meet with Christian pastors.

Ryan’s November visit to Altoona won’t be his first trip to the Hawkeye State. He held a solo event as the vice presidential nominee at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines last August and traveled here frequently during the campaign.

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