But Santorum did seem happy to be back in the Hawkeye State.
The one problem with Braley's remark is that it happened to reflect on a fellow Iowan who is a mainstay of Hawkeye State politics.
With 18 months to go until the 2016 Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential hopefuls are nowhere to be found in the Hawkeye State.
The group included insurance executives and brokers, real estate developers, and former Hawkeye State legislators.
The announcement comes as pro-Warren activists are holding their first major event in the Hawkeye State on Wednesday night.
Ernst won her race for Montgomery County auditor, a deceptively powerful position in local Hawkeye State politics, in 2005.
In 2008, during his first run for president, Romney invested more than $10 million in the Hawkeye State.
But as Ed Kilgore points out, increasing numbers of Republicans are telling the Hawkeye State to take a hike.
Her decision to skip Smart Girl Politics and stick to Iowa shows that her campaign believes the Hawkeye State is still crucial.
Iowa, great as is the Hawkeye State, has no large city and no large fortunes.