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. Corey

    As much of a joke as Biden is the Republicans still don't have a chance based on the clown car of nominees they had last time. It was like they tried to lose.

    August 12, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. blake

    Would love to see the Democrats nominate Biden. No way this imbecile is electable.

    August 12, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. SlapHappy

    THIS is the best that the left has? Too funny!

    August 12, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Carl

    Nominating Biden would give a boost to Republicans/Conservatives. Go Joe!

    Joe in '16

    August 12, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Phillp Bunn

    Hillary (stand by your man) Clinton or Be-Bop Biden? What that comedy series needs is a third stooge. I am a hard core liberal, but I draw the line on stupidity, something these two excel in.

    August 12, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. MG

    Let us not keep the same administration in the white house again.

    August 12, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. 1termlimits

    I hope this joke runs, would make the election very funny.

    August 12, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Mandor

    I like Biden. Gaffes and all. The man just lays it out there, whatever he's thinking, with little filtration. It's one reason I also like Gov.Christie.

    But Biden is no spring chicken. Reagan was enough to tell me I never want a president at risk of senility. You're a good man Joe, but your time has passed. We'll be voting from someone from the next generation down.

    August 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. BarryPOS

    But he's just SO likable...NOT!

    August 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Mark


    THIS is the best that the left has? Too funny!

    The problem with your "analysis" is that you are blinded by partisan nonsense. If you took a broader view, you could apply precisely the same to the GOP whose candidates have been less than stellar. If the GOP fielded a more moderate candidate with broad public appeal, a victory could be possible. But if they stay on their current path, I question if that will happen.

    August 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. oh please

    Liberal leaner considering Christie if he runs.

    August 12, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Josh

    I am a Republican, so I am not happy about it, but I am pretty sure Mrs. Clinton is going to win in 2016.

    August 12, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. RachaelA

    It's only 2013. Doesn't Biden have a job he supposed to be doing right now?

    August 12, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Glauber

    You know how the Democrats are licking their chops at the possibility of seeing Palin, Bachmann, Perry, Rand Paul, and a handful of others as the GOP presidential nominee? Well, the Republicans just got something to be excited about.

    August 12, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Dave

    Hillary will have to beat Biden, and Kerry along with whom else may end up running for the DNC. My bet is she will decide not to run.

    August 12, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    Let's not elect another lawyer as POTUS.
    The last two including the present one was a big mistake.
    Please elect someone who is moderate and can work with the losing party.
    Bush drove us "right" into the ditch.
    Obama drove us "left" into the ditch.
    Lets's get this country back onto the middle of the road so we can make some progress

    August 12, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. frank landa

    He provided gifts for votes. He is electable. Give me some free stuff and I will vote for you.

    August 12, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Dave

    @Mandor – If age (Biden's) is really a concern to you, as you mentioned Reagan, you most not want to vote for Hillary either. She will be older than Reagan was when he was elected, and he didn't already have concussions from a fall to keep him from showing up before congress.

    August 12, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Speculation is not news.

    C'mon folks. It's still 2013. Speculation is not news. It's also pretty much pointless. Y'all countin' as yet unhatched chicks. Can't we wait until at least January 2015 to start the pointless speculation about 2016? It's like Christmas' continuous inexorable encroachment on the calendar. Christmas in July used to be an island in time, a moment of ironic Santa-lovin' that is completely out of its time, then it became a peninsula in time, and now there's a sort of isthmus going on, Christmas in July is no longer a moment to think of Santa, then to go back to our lives until after Thanksgiving, it's now the KICKOFF!

    I feel the same about the presidential thing. Some people think '2016' has already started, and 2012 JUST ENDED a few months ago! If we don't put a stop to this nonsense, eventually, maybe when 2020 kicks off the day Clinton is sworn in, you'll see what's happening, and finally DO something.

    If you don't, you'll end up in the really nonsensical position of having two, simultaneous presidential campaigns going on, and then some Floridians will end up voting for the guy running in the NEXT election on THIS one by mistake! (Stranger and dumber things have happened!)

    Yeah, what I'm telling you is that with the trend we are seeing, 2024 will still be going on, and people will announce for (and start campaigning) for 2028 BEFORE 2024's election takes place!

    Or maybe this is just demonstrating that our decisions really don't matter, since when we're handed our choice of one lying scumbag or another, which we pick is irrelevant, either way we're getting a lying scumbag, or if we're lucky, a dolt.

    August 12, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Myke

    Please, America: vote third party, for the Love of God. Stop voting in the 2-party criminals because the SAME THING keeps happening: it's getting worse for everyone.

    Tell CNN and Fox that there are MORE CANDIDATES to vote for besides another Bush/Clinton.
    Please listen to someone who has served you in the US Army: vote third party JUST ONCE.

    August 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Loathstheright

    The poor Republicans, they are all wetting their panties over 2016....get over it guys, you will never see another Republican president with your anti-American policies.

    August 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. bluedogboy

    Anybody but the following:

    Rand Paul, David Duke, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry or Rick Santorum.

    August 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Christopher Delarosa

    I have to agree with Josh - I believe Hillary will be the next president (and I’ll hate to see it). Although I tend to be conservative in most matters, I consider the present bunch of Republicans to be so absolutely incompetent that it is mind boggling.

    August 12, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Maggie

    Dang, thought he was moving to another country.

    August 12, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. skarphace

    oh please: Liberal leaner considering Christie if he runs.

    I would vote for Christie if he won the Republican nomination as well, but he won't. The Koch/NRA/Norquist Tea Party ilk will not allow Christie to win the Republican nomination. As I do not feel there is a chance of Christie switching parties (even to an Indie party), I do not see Christie winning any nomination in 2016. Maybe he will wake up and switch to Dem before the 2020 elections, but that is about all we can hope for.

    August 12, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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