Biden headed to Iowa for high-profile steak fry
August 11th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden headed to Iowa for high-profile steak fry

Updated at 8:19 p.m. ET on 8/11

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa next month to deliver the keynote speech at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, an aide to the vice president - and potential candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination - told CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday.

An Iowa Democratic official also confirmed Biden's upcoming visit to Harkin's steak fry, which typically attracts a high-profile crowd of national Democrats. Its setting in the first-in-the-nation caucus state makes it a natural stop for potential White House hopefuls.

A Biden aide said the stop in Iowa has long been a commitment on the vice president's calendar after he was unable to attend last year's steak fry.

The vice president's trip was first reported by The New York Times.

Biden has not yet said whether he'll make a third bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, though his schedule this year has hinted at where his aspirations may lie.

In May, he spoke to a gathering of Democrats in South Carolina, site of the first-in-the-South primary contest in presidential nominating years. And later this month, he'll help raise money for New Hampshire's Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, though the event itself won't take place in the first-in-the-nation primary state, but rather in neighboring Maine.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, considered the Democrats' top pick for the presidential nomination in 2016 if she chooses to run, has not visited any early voting states since she left her post at the State Department in February. Like Biden, she has not said whether she'll make another bid for the White House.

And while Clinton hasn't yet traveled to Iowa in her new role as a private citizen, a group that works to elect Democratic women to public office held a "Madam President" event there this weekend with Clinton as the unspoken target.

Plenty of Republicans have visited Iowa, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania this weekend for an evangelical gathering.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have also visited the Hawkeye State over the past several months.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. cranston mcbean III

    this country has gone to trash anyway so who really cares anymore if the Democrats mess it up even further under another 4 years... were done with...less face it, from the waste down its all kaput!

    August 12, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Keith

    Screw the democrats they are ruining this country. I hope Rand Paul runs he would get my vote for sure.

    August 12, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Just

    Biden? The opponents commercials will be a comedy show using all the Biden gafs.

    August 12, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. wm Scot

    I love Joe ! I think he is a great VP BUT ! Please Joe stay put it is not your destiny !

    August 12, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Tony Antin

    Aw, c'mon, Joe. You're a nice man, but please don't run for president. You just don't have the right stuff for the job; and also, you're too old. If you were nominated, it would give me a terrible problem: I just could not vote for you for POTUS, but, of course, I could not vote for a T-party Republican, either. I would have to sit out an election. So, please Joe, go gracefully into retirement. And to the DNC, please don't be as dumb as the GOP is likely to be.

    August 12, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. jojo

    If they were stupid enough to vote for Obama I'm sure they won't have any problem voting for the idiot Biden

    August 12, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Spartacus

    .......a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs." –Joe Biden

    August 12, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Tigas

    Biden needs to call in a favor from Obama and have the IRS go after the Hillary For President PAC. Eliminate their tax exemption status and it will kneecap Hillary's campaign.

    August 13, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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