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. str009

    If Biden is still making move to run, it likely means Clinton will not, and has told him so.

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

    josh is no republican

    August 12, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. heywood

    hes got no shot. foot in mouth and plagiarism problems. not a chance.

    August 12, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. loyalright

    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.

    Actually, the problem with your analysis is that many Conservatives thought the last GOP nominee was too moderate and that caused many to stay home. In reality, the current GOP establishment is no different than the liberal Democrats.

    August 12, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Flash

    Hillary is going to be the nominee and next president. The GOP is on a path to destruction ala Barry Goldwater nomination. They will go so far right the country won't elect its candidate.

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

    Quite electing lawyers, it should be illegal for lawers to hold public office.
    They have an inherent conflict of interest.
    Lawyers are not trained to solve problems.
    They are trained to perpetuate problems.
    BTW: Law professors are worse than lawyers

    August 12, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Kate

    Biden makes for a harmless, entertaining VP. He should probably butt out though, when it comes to games the adults play.

    August 12, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Orygun Duck

    Yeah, I like Biden. Since when did your IQ become a qualification for President.?? He is as qualified as any recent President. No one could accuse Ronald Reagan of being an intellectual.

    August 12, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Randy

    He is worse than Obama. Kick out all the libs...

    August 12, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Brad

    @Flash The GOP is not going more and more right, it's that the Libs keep going so far left and left that it has put a huge disparity between the two parties. Both parties are more split apart than they ever have been since the time of slavery when Democrats fought so hard to keep blacks in chains. That said, the Dems have figured out a formula that will keep them in power for the rest of this country's lifespan, however long or short that time is. No Republican will ever be elected in this country again.

    August 12, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. skarphace

    If Republicans were serious about winning POTUS in 2016, they would nominate Christie. Instead, the Tea Party wing is vilifying Christie. This should say it all.

    August 12, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The democrats don't even let him speak because of the stuff he will say. Only a fool would vote for this guy.

    August 12, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Jesse


    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.

    if that is so why is california going bankrupt or how about detroit with chicago not far behind? Democrats do not do it best I have never seen so many partisan BS moves from a president let alone congress. Sad to say shot gun Joe may be running.

    August 12, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. hibeam

    Summer or Recovery Joe. What a buffoon.

    August 12, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. KimH

    Hillary v Biden: this should be entertaining.

    August 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Heywood

    Please!! Please let Biden run in 2016.........GOP victory for sure......

    August 12, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. longfisch

    It does not matter who is nominated, the left will vote for the Democratic Parties candidate, the right will vote for the Republican nominee and the wealthy elite will fund both campaigns. The good news is there are other options, the bad news is you will be shamed into believing that you are wasting your vote if you don't vote blue or red.

    August 12, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. popebob

    Biden's plan all along must have been, "gee, if I take the Veep job I can run for POTUS 2016"
    every time he speaks, I think Dan Quayle must be going, "Sheesh, and they made fun of me"

    August 12, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Mitzi McGowan

    will he be funding his own trip? Or will the Federal employess be expected to pick up the tab with more furlough days?

    August 12, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Whatever

    Hillary Clinton for President 2016!!!

    August 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. pablo

    to make sure everyone knows that he's running for president he is going to go out on the balcony of the steak fry building and fire 2 shots from his double barreled shotgun into the air.

    August 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. reddog9500

    I still think Pat Paulsen would be better than Biden (and he's dead).

    August 12, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Big_D

    Laugh all you want at Biden but he knew that Iraq needed a three state solution. He is far superior in intellect than people give him credit for. He also is a proud Veteran, something I miss in our Presidents of late.

    August 12, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Chris


    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?
    Are you brain dead? Serious? Unemployment rate well over 7% and you call that good? The dow setting new highs, yes that is correct but guess what, the people that benefit from that most are the 1%ers, I thought you liberals were again them??? Home prices are BARELY raising AFTER 5 YEARS!!! And I have not even mentions how much the stock market is artifically inflated JUST LIKE THE HOUSING BUBBLE and will go way down once the government stops pumping money into the economy!!! You really didn't think you could spend forever without issues arising??? HOW is this a good economy, are you OK with this HIGH unemployment rate, I guess it is just the new norm in a liberal economy huh????

    August 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Ray

    only a fool thinks there is any real difference between dems or repubs...

    August 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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