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. Ari

    Honestly, if Joe Biden is the candidate for the democrats it's just time to start voting third party.

    August 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. ColoradoPhil

    Joe will be as old as Reagan was when he began his second term and would be the oldest president ever elected. Hillary would be just 1 year younger than Reagan on his first term, Really??? Are there no other democrats????

    August 12, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Joe Seattle

    I thought you had to be Hispanic or female to run this time around.

    August 12, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Kendall


    Hillary Clinton for President 2016!!!
    Benghazi............flip her over...she's done....................

    August 12, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Kendall

    These guy's are on a perpetual campaign trip...........embarrassing

    August 12, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Biden is gross

    August 12, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. McBob79

    Can anyone imagine 4 years of Biden after 8 years of Obama? I didn't think it could get worse but that would be worse.

    August 12, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Jack 2

    No one will vote that clown in

    August 12, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Grego

    Biden wants to bring bed bugs and shag carpeting back to the white house.

    August 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Jackson



    Hillary Clinton for President 2016!!!
    Benghazi............flip her over...she's done....................


    Easy to say, but tougher to do. If the Republican nominee is too far to the right, Clinton's chances get much better.

    People said Obama would never get re-elected, and Romney got his butt handed to him.

    Unless you have been to the future, don't talk like you know the future. It only makes you look ridiculous.

    August 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Jackson


    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...


    Unless you have been President, you haven't done much for the country.

    Hilary has been First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. How many other potential nominees have a resume like that?

    Walk us through the GOP hopefuls and list their resumes before you go shooting your mouth off.

    August 12, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. ART

    I would vote for Biden over any Rethuglican and that's a fact

    August 12, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Jackson

    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.


    Lovely, have fun at his expense over a couple of scars on his face.

    Post a photo of yourself, so we can ridicule you twenty different ways. Or, do cameras break at the site of your ugly face?

    August 12, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Esmeily

    Hillary Clinton for President!!!!!!! Is like having Bill back in the White House.

    August 12, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Vijay

    Joe Biden is a bit old and not well enough liked within the party. He is also prone to 'gaffs'. I am not sure at all that Hillary, after that gruelling stints, first to win the nomination and then at the State Dept. would want to run. Democrats had better find a brand new candidate, who does not provoke the race factor, who has the charm to twist the arms within the congress and yet is against further concentration of wealth in the hands of just a few as the GOP want it.

    August 12, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. cnet

    haha...he showed what a moron he was in the debates with Ryan. What's he going to do when confronted with real issues as the President...just start snickering and twist the facts?

    August 12, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Im_right-here

    Sorry gentlemen, by the time the election rolls around this country will be so beatup with the phony obama/hillary socialism we will happily elect Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. If we do let hillbillery steal this one, we will be right up there with Greece. She's as bad as obama, only she's a thief and criminal. He's too stupid to steal anything. Now big mamma, er I mean, big booty Michele is the witch in that family. remember what she said about Oprah? LOL

    August 12, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Sdgman

    I'm a democrat...I would not vote for him. I was and still am dumbfounded about why Obama selected him as running mate.

    August 12, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. greyhairedpete

    Uncle Joe 2016, with Cory Booker as his running mate.

    August 12, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Dennis in LA

    Oh please oh please oh please

    August 12, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Clarke

    Sorry Joe, I can't vote for you, don't get me wrong, you're good guy and you have served the American people. I am thinking we need some new blood in Washington and a lot of it

    August 12, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Dave

    Biden, before becoming VP (and pretty much even after) is maybe the most stingy politician we have had in DC. Look at his tax records of donations. I guess he thinks the Federal government knows how to spread his wealth than he does. I see the government as just another greedy middleman taking their share out of The Peoples money before distributing it to their buddies and donating special interest groups, then with what ever may be remaining, actually helping those in true need.

    August 12, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Dave

    If you only want government employees (Senators and their chosen few) and the rich to have any say about their healthcare, vote Hillary. If Hillary is elected she will see that single payer government run healthcare (like she tried in the '90s) gets passed. Efficiency and quality of the VA hospital system with the compassion of the IRS. Of course she won't care because The DC politicians have already change the law to exempt them from having to use it.

    August 12, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. RINO Bil

    I sure hope the Republicans pick Christie as their 2016 candidate. I'd hate to have to vote for Biden just because they ran one of those Tea Party pukes.

    August 12, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Bill

    Please Joe, run. We need a comedic foil.

    August 12, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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