Dec 1, 2019

Biden takes aim at Trump as he launches Iowa tour

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took aim at President Trump and the impact of his tariffs on Iowa farmers, as he launched an eight-day "No Malarkey" barnstorm bus tour of the state Saturday.

We can overcome four years of Donald Trump, but eight years will literally, literally begin to change the character of this nation, and we cannot let that happen."

The big picture: The former vice president's poll numbers have slipped in Iowa. But Biden's aides denied to AP that his tour is a "reset," saying the goal is "to drive home his potential strengths with Democratic voters who collective cite Trump’s defeat as their top priority."

What they're saying: Bobbie Moore, a Democratic Party volunteer and Biden supporter, acknowledged to AP that the crowd of a few hundred that Biden drew Saturday "isn’t one-10th of what was here for Pete" Buttigieg days ago.

  • Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and other Biden supporters say his appeal is "wider demographically and geographically than other leading candidates" and they believe Iowa’s "growing minority population" and rural areas could prove to be pivotal in the caucus vote, according to AP.

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