The politicians and Republican The red meat was thrown out by party officials on Saturday during an event held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds: Wayne Johnson, 70-year old farmer and Financial consultant Forest City IowaHe also had some more sombre thoughts regarding the next President he would most like to see.

Violence in American Schools and public places, the tribalism in politics, the negativity of the nation’s elected officials — “If a leader can take us in a positive direction, people will follow,” Johnson, Mr.

Gloria, Gloria’s wife, ran in. “I really don’t care about people’s sexual habits and I don’t want to hear about it all the time,” she said with exasperation about her party’s focus on social issues like transgender care and L.G.B.T.Q. rights. “Politicians are taking positions on ‘woke’ that have more to do with sex than promoting our country in a positive way.”

It is called “Roast and Ride” — an annual motorcycle and A barbecue themed political rally is sponsored by Iowa’s junior Republican senator, Joni Ernst — laid bare divisions in the party, with some attendees focusing on pocketbook issues and You can also find out more about the tone and Others are looking for a Democratic candidate that will challenge them on social issues and Cultural front

Saturday’s gathering featured eight presidential hopefuls, prominent and obscure, declared and undeclared. Ron DeSantis is the Florida Governor; Mike Pence will officially announce his candidacy on Wednesday, and Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. and Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and The United Nations ambassador was there along with thousands of Iowa Republicans will vote first in the upcoming elections Republican The nominations season is in February.

They waltzed across the stage, draped in flags. and To rail against, stack hay bales “deep state” bureaucrats, “woke” corporations, and Indoctrination by liberals and confusing America’s children. They were most focused on President Biden for his failures in Afghanistan. and the southern border to transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.

The presidential hopefuls will be able to win over the voters by winning over Iowa Republicans — with their strong religious bent and tradition of political engagement — is the imperative first step toward wresting the G.O.P. Donald J. Trump is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination. He was the only major contender who didn’t make it to the event on Saturday.

They tried to set themselves apart from each other.

Pence, the Vice President, assured that Mr. Pence, the next president would be “hear from heaven, and he’ll heal this land.”

Haley was in agreement. “We’ve got to leave the baggage and the negativity behind.”

DeSantis used a cultural war analogy to invoke Winston Churchill who had once promised to battle Nazi Germany in the field, the beach, and the landing area. and On the street. DeSantis stated on Saturday that he would fight for the people. “woke ideology” Congress is a place of remembrance and In the boardrooms saying “We will never surrender.”

Iowa The state that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 has moved from being a swing to a deep red state more than any other. and Only to see the shift to Donald Trump by 2016 and 2020. Mr. Trump’s eight-percentage-point victory there in 2020 nearly matched Mr. Obama’s nine-point margin 12 years before.

The audience members did not share the same interests, priorities or solutions. But the audience members did not share all of the same interests, priorities or solutions. Republican Eight months before the presidential beauty pageant, there is a Presidential Beauty Pageant. Iowa Only the most passionate partisans will attend caucuses. and Candidate understands they reach out to the fringes of their own party and not the centre.

Most presidential candidates did not mention inflation or the economy. Many voters were concerned about it. Ron Greiner, a health insurance salesman from Omaha, was incensed that none of the candidates mentioned the Affordable Care Act — once a reliable target of Republican attacks — or health care at all.

And while Ms. Johnson might be tired of all the talk of transgender issues, others leaped to their feet when Ms. Haley called transgender women competing in women’s sports “the biggest women’s issue of our day.”

Jackson Cox drove to Albert Lea from Minnesota, where he lives, in order to listen and select the candidates. Top of mind for him are the taxpayer dollars he said were being wasted before they reach American troops fighting for freedom in Ukraine — never mind that no U.S. troops are fighting in Ukraine. He argued, contrary to conservative opinion, that the United States ought to be doing more for Ukraine, and not less.

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“We could start producing oil again, to help the economy and get prices down,” she said, though she wasn’t sure how more oil exploration would fill all those job openings.

Dione Cornelius Bagley is her twin. IowaIn response, rejected the idea of adding more workers to the work force.

“They’re taking all the benefits, free health care and all that kind of stuff,” Ms. Cornelius protested.

Mike Clark (74), a semi-retired consultant in acoustics, was worried about this. “the rule of law is disappearing,” not so much because of crime in the nation’s streets but because of an out-of-control F.B.I. and Justice Department pursuing Mr. Trump.

“Big push for the one-world government, that’s what worries me most,” Clark spoke of a subject that is often discussed in conspiracy theories. He suggested the book “The Creature From Jekyll Island,” The Federal Reserve is a conspiracy theory that has been promoted by the media.

Among all the concerns that were raised, one that was felt most strongly by many people was the porous Mexican border. “What are we going to do with all these people?” Karen Clark of Des Moines, age 81, was asked to answer this question.

Then there’s more. Iowa The conservatives appeared to be in a state of confusion. They conceded that unemployment was so low that jobs in the state weren’t being filled, but asserted that the economy was a wreck.

Bill Dunton said that he was coming from Toledo. Iowa, to Ms. Ernst’s Roast and Ride On his Harley-Davidson since six years. With relief, he announced that he had just paid down his credit card balance. He is particularly proud of a Chevy Silverado diesel pickup truck, purchased in 2020. “was made for pulling.”

Then he added with confidence, “the economy has gone” Use an expletive when describing it.

M. Dunton spoke also of his experience with Covid-19. He was hospitalized for a total of 28 days and required to use huge oxygen tanks. and After his discharge, he was released from the hospital a month and a quarter later. He added: “I think we way overreacted” The pandemic is upon us.

Responding to the multiplicity of maladies on Iowans’ minds will present a challenge for the presidential hopefuls. After the show, Johnson was pleased with Mr. Johnson’s choices. and The race will unfold in his absence.

“It’s a long run,” He noted. “Time has a way of revealing truth.”