Biden to campaign for two Democrats in Iowa
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE will campaign Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to support Democrats Abby Finkenauer and Fred Hubbell.
Finkenauer is running for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District against Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) and Hubbell is running for Governor against Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).
The rally is being organized by the Iowa chapter of MobilizeAmerica.
Iowa’s First District is one of the Democrats’ most watched possible pick up opportunities in the House.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put the race on its Red to Blue program, which “arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns.”
The Cook Political Report rates the race, in a district that President Obama won twice, as “Lean Democratic.”
Hubbell’s race is a reminder that Democrats hope a possible blue wave could change the landscape of statehouses across the country beyond Capitol Hill. Hubbell is hoping his famous family name in Iowa and an energized Democratic base will put him over the finish line in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won by nearly 10 points in 2016, but Obama won twice.
The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up,” and an averaging of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics has Hubbell up 3.5 points.
The visit to Iowa could also fuel further speculation surrounding a possible presidential run for the former vice president. The Iowa caucus is a staple of the presidential campaign, and the winner often gains an important boost over intraparty competitors. Establishing early ties in the state could pay dividends should Biden run in 2020.
Biden has also visited New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, as well as other states crucial to a successful presidential run.
Biden was known to be considering a run in 2016, but decided against it after his son died from brain cancer.
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He has also repeatedly feuded with Trump, slamming his rhetoric and saying in March he’d take Trump “behind the gym and beat the hell out of him” if he were in high school.
Should Biden run, he’d likely face off against a crowded Democratic field, and he isn’t the only possible 2020 competitor making early visits to key states.
Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) has already visited Iowa, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, and more.. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) has visited Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.