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“With the CO2 pipelines, you know who’s not answering? Right at the top of the polls, Donald Trump’s not answering, Ron DeSantis is not answering and Nikki Haley is not answering,” King said, criticizing Ramaswamy’s GOP competitors during one of the eight presidential campaign stops King attended with the presidential hopeful on Wednesday.

Longtime Iowa GOP strategist David Kochel, who worked with the super PAC that opposed King in his 2020 primary against Feenstra, was skeptical that King still wielded any influence in the GOP. “I don’t think Steve King’s endorsement is going to change anybody’s mind,” Kochel told NBC News.

“It was embarrassing to the district to have him sound like a white nationalist, white supremacist,” Kochel said. “I think it just made the district look bad … He was always doing something or saying something controversial and it detracted from his ability to do that job.”

At a campaign event in Northwood on Tuesday, a voter asked Ramaswamy about appearing on the campaign trail with a man accused of being a white supremacist. 

“I don’t think Steve King is a white supremacist,” said Ramaswamy. “I don’t think he’s any [sic] close to that.”

Some Republican groups also jumped into the 2020 race against King in part out of concern that he could damage GOP Sen. Joni Ernst’s re-election run. The 4th District in Northwest Iowa is the most Republican-heavy congressional district in the state, and Republicans rely on sizable margins there to boost statewide victories. But in 2018, King almost lost his race against Democrat J.D. Scholten.

“His platform did not connect with the regular Iowan,” Scholten, now a state lawmaker, said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “He was out there, pretty extreme. So I think folks just felt like he really wasn’t representing us.”

But King could be looking for a comeback. Asked by NBC News if he would consider running for Iowa’s governorship in 2026, King hinted at a return to the political arena. 

“Well, Governor Reynolds is on the side of eminent domain,” said King, taking a jab at Iowa’s popular governor. 

“Bruce Rastetter seems to be pulling the strings,” added King, implying Rastetter, the CEO of Summit Carbon Solutions which is building one of the carbon capture pipelines, has undue influence over Reynolds. 

“If they ticked me off enough, I might take a look,” King continued.

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