U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will deliver the keynote address at next month’s “Pastors and Pews” event held in Iowa.  That will be the Texas Republican’s first visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.  It is seen by some as him reaching out to the Religious Right as he considers a run for president in 2016.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is another of the high-profile speakers scheduled.

Former Texas Republican Party Chairman George Strake isn’t so sure.  “I don’t think either one of them (Cruz or Perry) will be the nominee for president next time,” he says, “but, you know, it doesn’t hurt to travel to Iowa.  It’s pretty nice this time of year.”

Perry was knocked out of the race for the Republican nomination by a poor performance in the Iowa caucuses.  There’s no doubt, both Texans have thought about the White House.

“Every politician, in the back of his mind, aspires to the next higher level,” explains Strake.  “I don’t think Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are different, in that respect.” 

He says, “Better for them to go up there and be present and get a little running start, if they decide to do that.”

The event in July is hosted by evangelical political activist David Lane.