ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:
For the first the first time this year, Former Massachusetts Governor and likely Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will travel Friday to Iowa, a state he’s largely been criticized for avoiding after coming in second to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
Just days after naming former 2008 campaign staffer Sara Craig as his State Director for Iowa, Romney will head to the Hawkeye State himself, starting his day Friday meeting with employees at AgVision Agriculture Software, a company that specializes in providing computer software to grain elevators, seed processors, fertilizer retailers and feed stores, to name a few.
Romney will then be the kick-off speaker for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum Speaker Series. The series, sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and IowaPolitics.com, will extend invitations to all prospective presidential candidates before the 2012 Presidential Caucuses.
Later Friday, Romney will head to Cedar Rapids to attend a picnic at the Hughes Farm, hosted by the Johnson and Linn County GOP.