DES MOINES — Florida’s Republican presidential frenemies — Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush — will fill the time between tonight’s Fox News debate and Monday’s caucuses with a full slate of events in Iowa.
Iowa’s front runner, part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, is skipping tonight’s debate in favor of his own event at nearby Drake University, then jetting off to New Hampshire on Friday.
Rubio has been in the state since last Saturday. Most polls show him running third in the Hawkeye State behind Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Rubio has scheduled four Iowa events Friday (Burlington, Muscatine, Clinton, Dubuque), four more on Saturday (Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Urbandale) and three on Sunday (Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport).
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Bush has been in fifth or sixth place in many Iowa polls and is staking more hopes on the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9.
Bush has three Iowa events on Friday (Carroll, Sioux City, Sioux Center), four on Saturday (Okoboji, Clear Lake, Cedar Falls, Dubuque) and three more Sunday (Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport).