Biden to go on Iowa tour with swing district lawmakers

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 hit the campaign trail in Iowa with three swing district Democrats in a bid to win over moderates in the crucial early caucus state. 

Biden will go on tour this weekend with freshman Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerIowa Republican Ashley Hinson wins House primary Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California The Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE (Iowa), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.) and Colin Allred (Texas), all of whom flipped GOP-held districts in the 2018 midterms and helped the Democrats retake the House.  

The tour will send the four to Cedar Rapids, Oelwein, Waukon, Decorah, Waverly and Marshalltown over a two-day period, a rapid clip reflecting the full-court press Biden is making to win the support of Iowa voters ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses. 


“The Members of Congress will highlight the imperative that Democrats select a nominee that will not only ensure we beat Donald Trump, but also help the party win up and down the ticket next November in battleground districts and states,” Biden’s campaign said in a statement. 

Biden has put his electability at the center of his campaign, arguing that a moderate is best suited to defeat 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 in swing states in November. 

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Polling shows a tightly packed top tier in Iowa, with the RealClearPolitics average showing Biden with a slim lead over Sens. 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.) and 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.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE. 

Sanders and Warren, who are stuck in Washington during the week for the Senate’s impeachment trial, are dispatching their top surrogates to Iowa to maintain their campaign’s presence in the Hawkeye State.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), a progressive with wide name recognition, will tour the state for Sanders, while former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who scrapped his own presidential bid before endorsing Warren, is holding multiple events for the Massachusetts senator.

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