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

    Neither Biden nor Hillary... My God haven't we suffered enough already?

    August 12, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. PJ

    Do some of you people ever have a good thought in your heads? Joe Biden is a decent man. Maybe you don't
    want him to be President, but good grief, he is a far better cry from the likes of Trump, Sanford, Weiner, Filner,
    Vitter, and on and on.
    He thinks of his family, unlike some we have seen lately. The name calling isn't justified. Sarah Palin isn't
    worthy of sitting in the same room with him.

    August 12, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Mike

    IT'S 2013. GIVE US A BREAK.

    August 12, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. steve

    I hope Biden runs. That will inure a GOP victory.

    August 12, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Kennedy

    Please run Joe !


    the Republican National Committee

    August 12, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. America Suckered Again

    If not just for the entertainment value. Joe is such an old-school political hack this is already comical.

    August 12, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Name

    Trump for president thats a joke

    August 12, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Please let it be Biden... PLEASE let it be Biden...

    P.S. Where's PETA when you want them?

    August 12, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Bazinga

    Joe Biden is a good man. Has done more with his life then you'll ever dream of. Vote for Rick Perry or Jeb Bush, you'll get what you deserve (G.W. Bush 3rd term!). The Chinese are hoping you do...

    August 12, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. tv22

    Biden, Hilary – I thought the Democrats were the party of the young!

    August 12, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Brad

    Biden/Time 2016

    August 12, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Freddo

    Biden doesn't have a chance.

    One poster hit it right on the head – he's the "Sarah Palin of Democrats".

    August 12, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Laz

    Honestly he doesnt stand a chance so we should just ignore him and pretend this never happened. Lets be realistic hes made so many gaffes in his career even if he wasnt a brain dead guy hes dead in the water for 2016. He will drop out early in the race and that will be that. Lets not even pretend he will get to the general election, thank god for primaries.

    August 12, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. svann

    a play to take focus off Hillary?

    August 12, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Tom1940

    I hope the VP throws his hat in the ring. It will be another failed attempt, but will have the positive aspect of soaking up Democrat Campaign funds otherwise supporting Hillary. I hope the field is full of Democrats. The more the merrier.

    August 12, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. America Suckered Again

    Because Americans want more of the same awful results we have been getting for the last 4 1/2 years?!?!
    No. We do not need Obama part III. Parts 1 and 2 have been very convincing. It doesn't work.

    August 12, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Jorge washinsen

    I can not believe this could make national news and the news agency keep a straight face.

    August 12, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Innovacraft

    Joe Biden
    Sara Palin
    In a debate


    How sad
    would that be?

    August 12, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. skarphace

    Even if Biden runs, he has virtually no chance at the nomination. He is a nice guy, but nice guys don't win. I don't see Hillary winning the nomination either, due to her taint from the Benghazi situation.

    Most likely, either Cuomo or Booker will win the nomination, or some other candidate that we don't yet expect. I would vote for either of these above either Biden or Clinton.

    August 12, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Carl Sturgeon

    With Hillary so far ahead in the poles right now, it's a wonder he will even try to run. This just proves that people can see right through Joe Biden's b.s., and after five years of being on the job as Vice President, he still can't get people to buy his b.s. Remember when he blatantly voiced his concern that Obama wasn't ready to be President, then immediately accepted the VP and slid those remarks under the rug?

    People do not like liars, unless you are Obamaesque when you perform.

    August 12, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. YeahRight

    For you GOPers who say you hope he runs – don't forget he soundly trounced your poster child in the VP debates last time around. Be careful what you wish for.

    August 12, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Name

    8-12-13 If Joseph Biden has not said nor commented about 2016 Presidential bid, why headline his Iowa visitas such to add distraction? Your CNN headline on t-mobile must be a fraud PR pimp line from White Hiuse elections. It's likely the same distraction contempt given to public news consumers as Romney AND Obama's own election campaign PR blitz during 2011 when a government shut down was in the news 24- hours a day with animminent because of a failed legal operational budget for the federal government. Where did this CNN bews release get their source about Joe Biden travel schedule on this day 8-12-13 between 4:37 and 4:45 am? Napili Maui.

    August 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Patrish

    I like Joe Biden. He is well liked, and a kind and decent person from all I've seen and read. but Inot sure I want him for President. That doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm wondering who the Republicans will line up. The only have a couple of decent options. Rubio is probably the only one with any brains and likeability.

    August 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Da' Puck

    I find the comments on this thread humorous. I do agree if he runs, he will get run over like a deer on the tracks, and will insure a GOP win. I am also with Mike's 2013... We are still recovering from the mistake in 2012.

    August 12, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. DC Johnny

    The dumbest person ever to sit in the US Senate, who rose to become the dumbest Vice President of all time, now with aspirations to become the dumbest leader of the free world.

    And that is saying a whole lot, considering the likes of Reid, Quayle, and GWB.

    August 12, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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