2024's first act: Ramaswamy up, Pence down in Iowa

Posted on AllSides July 15th, 2023
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A half-dozen GOP presidential contenders not named Donald Trump showed up at a convention center in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday for their first big job interviews, and two things quickly became clear.

Driving the news: The first: After ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson questioned the contenders before about 2,000 evangelical Christians, the crowd's favorites were Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy — but not former Vice President Mike Pence.

The second: A healthy chunk of the crowd, though, appeared to like Trump most of all — and seemed to be shopping for a No. 2...

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