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Avenatti for president? Lawyer set to speak to Democrats in Iowa

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Michael
Avenatti is set to speak at a Democratic dinner in Iowa in
August.

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  • Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer for porn star
    Stormy Daniels, is set to visit Iowa in the coming weeks and
    will deliver a speech at a Democratic dinner, which has some
    speculating he might be considering running for
    president.
  • Iowa is the site of the Iowa Caucuses and the first
    place where votes are cast in a presidential election.
  • Avenatti has not formally declared he’s running for
    president, but hasn’t dismissed the idea,
    either. 

Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer for porn star Stormy
Daniels, is set to visit Iowa in the coming weeks and will
deliver a speech at a Democratic dinner, which has some
speculating he might be considering running for president.

The Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, set for August 10 in
Clearwater, Iowa, has had a number of presidential candidates as
speakers in the past, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton,
and Bernie Sanders.

Iowa is the site of the Iowa caucuses and the first place where
votes are cast in a presidential election. Though the state is
predominantly white and hardly representative of the US as a
whole, Iowa has long been seen as an important barometer for a
person’s chances in a presidential election. 

Avenatti took to Twitter on Thursday to announce his plans
to speak in Iowa next month, tweeting,
“I look forward to speaking at the Iowa State Democratic Wing
Ding next month. Extremely honored to be included as one of the
speakers. It promises to be a great event as always!”

The lawyer told
The Washington Post
he is planning to speak at a “number of
Democratic fundraisers” in multiple states, including
Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He also said he’d be
campaigning for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections,
but did not name anyone specific. 

Amid the legal battle between President Donald Trump and Daniels,
who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, Avenatti has
become a tireless, unapologetic critic of the president.
Meanwhile, he’s become a regular talking head on major cable news
networks like CNN, pushing him further and further into the
public eye. 

Avenatti has not formally declared he’s running for president,
but he hasn’t dismissed the idea, either. 

“If Mr. Trump is the opponent, and I still have serious
questions as to whether he will be, the Democratic Party better
be very careful in who they nominate to compete against him,”
Avenatti told The Washington Post. 

The lawyer added that “all the political experience in the
world” and “the greatest policy ideas of the last 100 years”
don’t matter if a candidate can’t beat Trump. 

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