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Iowa State Fair 2022 lacked political spectacle, had an unbalanced soapbox and welcomed Mike Pence in a tumultuous fashion

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News Politics: Former Vice President Mike Pence told jovial fairgoers in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Friday, “We got a little soaked out there! Sen. Chuck Grassley, another Republican, and Vice President Mike Pence hid from a developing thunderstorm that swiftly erupted and flooded the fairgrounds.
As storm clouds began to gather over the Midway, Pence told a group of reporters, “I’m in Iowa for one reason and one reason only.” And that is that Sen. Chuck Grassley needs another six years in office in both Iowa and America. Politicians considering a run for the White House have traditionally visited the Iowa state fairgrounds, but there wasn’t much of that activity during the 11-day run

Pence was greeted with cheers and applause, and a few boos, as he strolled the concourse on Friday. Janet Gastineau of Urbandale waited to shake his hand and told IPR the Republican Party should be done with Donald Trump.

Former President Donald Trump’s potential run again in 2024 has not prevented other Republicans from making trips to the state this year. With Trump maintaining strong support from his party in Iowa, those potential candidates are making clear in their remarks they’re here to help local candidates fundraise.

“I love the way he handled things on Jan. 6,” Gastineau said. “He wasn’t willing to go that extra step that Trump wanted him to do for that election.”

Iowa’s State Auditor Rob Sand, a Democrat, touted his senior leadership team that is made up of a Democrat, a Republican, and an independent.

“I don’t want a conversation where everyone is looking at something from the same angle trying to decide what it is,” Sand said during his time at the soapbox. “I want a conversation where people are having difference perspectives that they’re sharing with me so we can make sure we’re looking at something from every angle.”

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