By Aaron Blake, Published: August 6 at 5:07 pm
The Washington Post

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is headed to South Carolina — a move that suggests he might be looking at a run for president, CNN’s Peter Hamby reports.

Hamby reports King will attend the closed-door “Charleston Meeting,” a gathering of influential national conservatives and business leaders hosted by conservative activist Mallory Factor.

King will also hold an invitation-only meeting with South Carolina GOP activists in Charleston County.

King’s office has not yet commented on whether he is looking at a run for president, but such trips are generally only embarked on by politicians angling for a national profile and/or a potential presidential run.

King, of course, comes from the state that is first in line when it comes to the presidential nominating process.

A presidential run would undoubtedly give King a platform to push his hard-line positions on immigration reform. Former congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), King’s ally in the House, ran for president on just such a platform in 2008, after Congress voted down another effort at immigration reform.

The other King in the House — Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) — has said publicly said that he is looking at running for president.

Steve King earlier this year opted not to run for the open Senate seat in Iowa.