An aide said the trip is to thank Iowa supporters for their efforts on behalf of Kerry’s 2004 Democratic candidacy for president. But the Friday evening trip surely will fuel speculation that the senator is merely laying down his marker, albeit early, for a 2008 bid.
The 6 p.m. event will be in Des Moines at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, where Kerry held his victory rally the night of the Iowa caucuses. The surprise win in January propelled him to the party’s presidential nomination, but he went on to lose the Hawkeye State to President Bush in the general election by a very narrow margin.
“John Kerry is forever grateful to the thousands of Iowans who set him off on an incredible journey, beginning with a history-making, against-all-odds caucus victory,” said David Wade, a spokesman. “The campaign is over, but the fight in our country continues for affordable health care, good jobs, energy independence and a foreign policy that lives up to our values.”
Personal note on this story... JK can you please come to Los Angeles to thank all your hard working volunteers here too!