Last updated on November 15th, 2023 at 10:29 pm
The 2023 Lincoln Dinner, Iowa’s biggest political event of the year, is set to host at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Friday, July 28th, by Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.
The event brought together a roster of the GOP’s 2024 presidential candidates, offering attendees the opportunity to mingle with and hear from potential champions who may take on President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.
The annual Lincoln Dinner fundraiser, organized by the Iowa GOP, lives up to its reputation as an exciting and significant event. Iowa’s political tradition and prominence were evident, as the event draw notable Republican figures seeking the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential race.
The confirmed lineup of speakers for this year’s Lincoln Dinner is:
- President Donald J. Trump
- Governor Ron DeSantis
- Vice President Mike Pence
- Ambassador Nikki Haley
- Senator Tim Scott
- Vivek Ramaswamy
- Governor Asa Hutchinson
- Larry Elder
- Perry Johnson
- Governor Doug Burgum
- Mayor Francis Suarez
- Ryan Binkley
- Representative Will Hurd
Notably, the presence of former President Donald Trump adds to the anticipation, as he seeks to become the first ex-president to reclaim the White House since Grover Cleveland in 1893.
The diversity of the GOP’s 2024 presidential candidates is well-represent at the Lincoln Dinner. From experienced politicians like Vice President Mike Pence to outsider figures like entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, the roster showcase a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a 37-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur, has premised his presidential campaign on his outsider status, promising fresh thinking for the federal government. His emergence as a strong contender in the GOP presidential race, tying with Ron DeSantis at 12 percent support in a national poll conducted by Kaplan Strategies, demonstrated the competitive landscape of the Republican nomination race.
The event’s significance is further emphasized by the exclusion of Iowa from the Democrats’ early voting rotation. Republican presidential candidates flooded into Iowa, preparing for the party’s early February 2024 caucuses, with the goal of securing the GOP nomination to challenge President Joe Biden in November 2024.
The Lincoln Dinner serves not only as a fundraiser but also as a celebration of Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Caucus, showcasing the state’s influential role in the presidential election process.
As a reminder, tickets for the event will be non-transferable, allowing only the individual ticketholders whose names are RSVPed to gain entry. This measure ensured a smooth and secure event experience for all attendees.
The doors open promptly at 4 PM and will be locked at 6:30 PM, giving attendees ample time to enjoy the gathering and hear from the GOP’s potential champions.
So, As the nation looks forward to the upcoming election season, the dinner serves as a crucial platform for candidates to present their visions and ideas to the people of Iowa and beyond