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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Biden on Buttigieg health care policy: He stole it

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic presidential debate in Miami in June. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters on his campaign bus in Iowa Monday that Democratic presidential rival South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg "stole" his health care plan, Reuters reports. Other news outlets and journalists also reported the remarks.

Why it matters: Buttigieg has soared in recent polls. He tops Iowa's November poll by nine points, while Biden places third, behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who the former vice president claimed doesn't have broad enthusiasm in the Democratic Party, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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How rural Iowa defines electability

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Iowans Joe Biden met on an eight-day, 18-county "No Malarkey" bus tour told me they want a nominee who works with Republicans — and they aren't fixated on impeachment or liberal proposals like the Green New Deal.

Why it matters: Their views validate Biden's argument that Democrats nationally aren't as liberal as on Twitter or as AOC — but also foreshadow liabilities for Biden versus others in the moderate lane.

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Biden: Media, rivals wrong that AOC represents direction of party

Former Vice President Joe Biden told "Axios on HBO" in Iowa that he has shaped the 2020 race, faulting the media and his rivals for thinking Democratic voters are more liberal than the reality. 

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