Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is planning his first trip to Iowa since effectively locking up the presidential nomination.
The former Massachusetts governor will give a speech Tuesday afternoon about debt and government spending at Drake University in
Romney plans to fight Democratic President Barack Obama hard for Iowa's six electoral votes. Romney finished in a near tie for first in Iowa's leadoff nominating caucuses in January, narrowly losing to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives have each visited Iowa this year. The Democratic ticket began airing its fifth ad in the state Monday.
Iowa is among nine states Obama carried in 2008 that Republican George W. Bush took four years earlier. Most will likely be hard-fought again this year.