Biden headed to Iowa for high-profile steak fry
August 11th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
5 years 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. Gurgyl

    I like Joe very much, he is a very good vice president.

    August 11, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Tigas

    Biden 2016... "... Because what would it matter?"

    August 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Goony

    I'll vote for Joe before I vote for Hillary.

    August 11, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Getoverit

    "an aide to the vice president — and potential candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination"
    What???? I thought it was Hillary, only Hillary, and Hillary all the time.

    August 11, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. California

    Biden, the Sarah Palin of the democrats.

    August 11, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Patricia

    I think he's a nasty guy.

    August 12, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Third Party

    Like we want another politician who refuses to obey the Constitution!

    August 12, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. RonFromNM

    Right.... like we need another dope in the WH. The Dem answer to GWB I suppose. "Jill, just fire 2 blasts..."

    August 12, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. ret

    "President Joe Biden" Talk about sending shivers down your spine.

    August 12, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. No to Biden

    He's a good guy, but an erratic public speaker and there are reasons he never came near the actual nomination in the past. Hillary has what it takes. Joe doesn't.

    August 12, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Carrie

    All I can say is EWWWWW

    August 12, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. AnonDas

    Please don't run Joe. If you want the democrats to win it's going to have to be someone not a part of this administration.

    August 12, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. vinster76

    Yeah Joe, go ahead and run, this should be entertaining to say the least.....

    August 12, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Rooster Cogburn

    Vote Biden – Change from the last 8 years

    What an awful thought...

    August 12, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Harry Reid

    He's just Clinton dressed in men's clothes to cover those fat legs.

    August 12, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. vinster76

    someone just wrote, "Hillary has what it takes" – are you serious? You cannot name one substantial thing she has done for this country, not one.....the only thing she has is a relationship to a former president who, not for nothing, gets far more credit than he should for his 8 years.....Hillary is not remotely successful at anything, except the spelling of her last name...

    August 12, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Send Margaritas

    I hope he runs. Not because he would be a good president, he is dumber than a sack full of hammers, but because everybody realizes this. Then maybe we could get a candidate that would not want to spend more money than we take in, just to buy votes from fools who want free stuff and can't identify impractical ideas.

    August 12, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Data Driven

    Sheesh, at least GRILL the steaks. Only folks who aren't fortunate enough to have a backyard or even a patio resort to frying steaks in a pan.

    Also: I wish the Presidential Preseason occurred somewhere else besides Iowa. No offense to y'all, but your state is only partially representative of the electorate, and "caucuses" are not Constitutional.

    August 12, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Moderately Amused

    Joe "Put y'all back in chains" Biden as POTUS.... Bahahahahahahahahahahahah! Please run in 2016 Joe! Please?????

    August 12, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. TonyInNYC

    I would definitely go for a Clinton/Biden ticket. Having a been a great vice president, I wouldn't mind seeing him continue as such.

    August 12, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. OldJoe

    Good move.

    Stick to steak-fries, Mr. Vice-President.

    August 12, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Go Texas

    Biden is just another Howard Dean waiting to happen. *Dean Scream*

    August 12, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Joe

    He probably thinks the election is this November and he's campaigning. What a complete embarrassment of a VP!

    August 12, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    Wow! There are a lot of frightened little tighty righties here today! Good – considering their nonsense during the last 20 years, they should be frightened.

    August 12, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Send Margaritas

    From the pic, you can tell he missed his mouth, and stabbed his forehead with a fork. He could make this country an even greater laughingstock than the current president has succeeded in.

    August 12, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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