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

    The Dems have lots of intelligent, progressive candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Martin O'Malley to name a few.

    August 12, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. TomGI

    "... Harkin's steak fry"

    Ah yes, Camelot. Furthering the disconnect between the American middle class and their 'alleged' leaders.

    August 12, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Data Driven

    @America suckered again,

    "more of the same awful results"

    You mean dozens of consecutive months of job growth, with the unemployment rate dropping by 2.5% since the high peak very early in Obama's first term? Or do you mean the Dow cracking 15K for the first time? Or perhaps you're referring to the new housing boomlet?

    THOSE awful results?

    There's a reason - multiple reasons, actually - why Obama was easily reelected.

    August 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. America Suckered Again

    Hey, Filner got elected in San Diego! I think Joe can win.

    August 12, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. charles roth

    The Republicans would weep with joy if this simpleton came to be the nominee.

    August 12, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. johnk

    What this administration, the news media, and the Congress seem to just son't get is this economy is in the toilet! Jobs are being cut, salaries are being lowered, the jobs are scarce and employers are cutting back more and more from F/T to P/T. Wake up stupid and pay attention as to what is really going on as far as this economy and its pathetic future. Leadership is non existant, no direction, no goals and no hope to improve things

    August 12, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. northerstar

    Biden should just retire quietly. He cannot win. He tried running for President once & OB won.

    August 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Brian

    Gimme a break.......Republicans taking it back in 2016 with someone like Biden to worry about!!! What a joke......

    August 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Bubba Ray

    Biden would be a better choice than whoever the Koch brothers decide to run.

    August 12, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. OldSchool

    I am crossing my fingers that Elizabeth Warren ends up with the nomination. I can't bring myself to vote for Hillary because I am uncomfortable with family 'dynasties', also she isn't progressive enough for my tastes...

    August 12, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Uncle Danny

    He could never be elected. Two words...Neil Kinnock.

    August 12, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Neal Richardson

    Joes is mistaking his perceived popularity, not realizing that he's seen as a very likable clown, okay as the non-entity that a VP is. He would stand even less of a chance than he did the last time he ran for President.

    August 12, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Will

    Ahh if you only knew politics you would understand the feint. This is a classic move to remove the heat from Hillary for a while....nice play by them both.

    August 12, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Dr. Tre

    Biden is no simpleton. Republicans who dismiss him as a fool will have it handed back to them, especially when the best they can do are freaks like Perry and Cruz from Texas. Does not matter any way as Hillary will be the nominee, who will trounce any Republican with the women and minority vote.

    August 12, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Grumpymedic

    Meanwhile, the GOP clown car is dead and the conservatives are trying to jump-start it by connecting the cables to Dumbya's ears. Trouble is, they don't want to admit there's only enough power in that head of his to run a flashlight bulb for twelve seconds, much less calculate anything or pronounce third-grade words like "nuclear" correctly.

    August 12, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Will

    To JohnK......I have no idea what universe you live in but jobs are growing at an astounding pace in my state. We are awake to the facts that our home price went up 35% year over year, that I was provided with a 8% salary increase, that I hired two new employee's and that our business has never been better. I enjoy more freedom now than I ever thought possible, my daughter is covered with health insurance for a pre existing condition, that my other daughter has built a company that continues to grow. Get out into the real world and see the effects of our growing freedoms and economy, unless of course that does not suit your agenda.

    August 12, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Dan

    I wonder what sound bites he will create this time. Maybe he will wax poetic about dot heads running 7-11's again or tell a guy with no legs to stand up again

    August 12, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. tahikimoro

    Democrats aren't the party of 'young'. They're the party of modernity.

    Biden and Hillary might be aged, but they aren't stuck in the 19th century.

    August 12, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Gary

    It does not matter who gets the ticket. 95% of the voters will vote along party lines anyways unless there is a major shift in messaging from some candidate which I doubt coz then he/she will be " primaried".

    August 12, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. miami

    Go joe go joe im a independent i will vote for you joe.....what a munite did you mean republican oh no there are none good republican left to vote for all stand for nothing but get rich and talking about obama care ..they rather not talking about how to inprove this country for betther but all none sense stuff let repeal obama care ..president obama do something good for the poor and the medlle class american. the right wing nut thumph and ted cruz oh no i forget rush an other none sense..i dont get me wrong i like republican the old fashion one that stand for something the one who believe about the poor can ge better the one that believe the middle class american are the key of this country the one that believe everybody are the same the are no rich american the are no poor american we are one american people under God.

    August 12, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. i12bphil

    Oh, please don't let this smarmy used car salesman become POTUS! Vote 'No' on 'Joe'!

    August 12, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. lawless4u

    KohnK, where do you get your news from? The economy is not in the toilet, it has been steadily improving, albeit slowly. The Dow is setting new highs, 401Ks are kicking hind end, home prices are rising.

    What does it take to convince you conservatives that democrats do it better, always have and always will?

    August 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. jim

    I don't support President Obama's policies, but I can comprehend why some people support him.

    But I have no idea why anyone would support Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. Neither has said or done anything memorable, ever. Well, except for Biden saying dumb things.

    August 12, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. smiley jackson

    Biden figures, "if Illinois can elect a dope like Pat Quinn governor, then maybe the American people would elect a dope like ME president."

    August 12, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. CaesarXIII

    If Biden becomes the next president, I have absolutely no hope or faith left for whats left of this country.

    August 12, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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