ABC News by thomas beaumont, AP
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile in a visit to Iowa at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House.
The 40-year-old freshman senator sounded national themes Friday as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Council Bluffs in conservative western Iowa. It was a role thick with presidential implications despite Trump's solid standing among Iowa Republicans less than four months into his term.
"I'm ready for that new beginning," Cotton added, in closing his 20-minute speech to more than 100 Iowa GOP loyalists and prompting a standing ovation.
However, Cotton offered a simple "no" when asked whether he was laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign, or hedging his bets should the Republican Trump not seek re-election.