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. Fred Evil

    Mr. Biden, speaking as a flaming liberal, NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

    August 12, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. skarphace

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

    The message we should get from this is that the far right has given up trying to get a Republican elected as POTUS. They see the shifting demographics and the writing on the wall. This gives them two choices. They can either become more moderate and once again embrace "compassionate conservatism", or keep shifting to the right and focus instead on winning local elections in the hopes of getting majorities in both branches of Congress. They have chosen the latter.

    The Tea Party, Libertarians, Koch brothers, Norquist obstructionists, Evangelicals, NRA, Murdoch conglomerate, etc., make for strange bedfellows, but they are united in one thing: get the message out. They know it will cost them national elections, but they are willing to live with that.

    Unfortunately, what will follow is more partisan and divisive politics, amounting to more government shutdowns, and further stalls in the economy. To them, what is not important is the Country; what is important is the message. And the message is: our way or the highway. The problem? With so many diverse groups, they all have different visions for the direction of this country. If they were not all united in their hatred towards "liberals", they would see how different they all are from each other.

    August 12, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Doo doo brown

    What a IDIOT!!!!!

    August 12, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. skarphace

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

    I would be extremely surprised if Booker agreed to run under Biden. I do hope Booker runs, but for POTUS.

    Sdgman: I'm a democrat...I would not vote for him.

    Well, I am a Democrat too, although a very centrist one. I would not vote to nominate Biden, in that we agree. However, if the Republicans ran somebody like Santorum against Biden, I may vote for Biden in the general elections.

    August 12, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. OrangeBlue81

    I could run and beat any clown the dying Republicans could throw out there. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination wins the presidency.

    August 12, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Monomachos

    Really, Biden? Has he found other interesting life stories to "borrow" for another campaign? As for Ms Clinton, she did nothing as a senator (not a single bit of legislation passed) and her tenure as SecState was pedestrian at best, even if she did not have the Benghazi fiasco. Just being in jobs does not qualify someone for a higher job. Anyone who has served successfully as a governor is more qualified than she is. From my independent viewing platform, the only person who has been mentioned in regards to 2016 who actually looks presidential is Christie.

    August 12, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. timelord7202

    Why? Looking at their voting records isn't enough – Obama pitching single payer with fervor in 2003 but then pitching Romney's plan on a national scale in 2010 should be proof positive that how one campaigns is not how they govern when elected. So when Biden, Clinton, McCain, Christie, et al, try to otherwise look nice, why bother voting in the end?

    August 12, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. skarphace

    As a centrist, the very toughest choice that I could make would be between Cory Booker and Chris Christie come the general elections in 2016. Therefore, this is the choice that I want to have to make. There are a few other Republicans that I could vote for, but of the frontrunners at the moment, only Rubio would get my vote over a Democrat.

    I would have voted for Ron Paul if he had won the Republican nomination, but I do not respect his son. As I don't see either Christie (a RINO in the eyes of many Republicans), nor Rubio (a Hispanic) winning the Republican nomination, for now my vote looks like it will go Democrat for the third time in a row (yes, I voted for Bush over Kerry in 2004).

    As for Biden? It is a moot question. He will not win the Democrat nomination. I hate to break it to those Republicans that want a close race in 2016, but you are going to be facing somebody a bit stronger than Biden.

    August 12, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Shellie

    Use your brain, vote Green! Go Jill Stein!

    August 12, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. codemanx

    In response to Biden's move, Hillary released the following statement: "What difference does it make?"

    August 12, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Demigod Vadik, CA thing about electoral college is that they leave my state (California) alone for the whole duration of the campaign...

    August 12, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. ronjayaz

    Hmm. I like Joe but he ain't presidential material. I think I;; go with Hillary. Whoever the Dems choose will win. The Republicants are a ded party.

    August 12, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. johnny _m_mustard

    If he ever !, ever becomes president then I am moving to Canada.

    August 12, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Van Krunk

    Biden or Hillary.....Hillary or Biden.....Crap!

    August 12, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Jonus Grumby

    I plan on changing to Democrat just to vote for good ole Joe.

    August 12, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Paul

    Mr. Biden, know when to fold them. You have served the country...for better or for worse is something people will debate. But at this point, sir, it is best you let younger visionaries with new ideas lead this lovely country, be it Democrat or Republican. Don't waste taxpayer money by running for this office when the chances you will win are, probably, pretty small.

    August 12, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. dutchtown

    Joe Biden? I'd rather vote for Justin bieber.

    August 12, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Des Perado

    Biden’s move drew elation from his biggest sponsor who said they’d help him win
    That we’re proud to be in the tank along with the other non-Fox networks, and we are…C N N !!!

    August 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Johnb

    Biden and Clinton are both jokes. God help the U.S.A. if either or both of them get in office.

    August 12, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Johnb

    It is way past time to do away with the Electoral College system. Simple majority vote of "We The People".

    August 12, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. bob

    Please run Biden....please please pretty please....we need some comic relief. Hillary is going to run and unless the GOP gets their act together, will be the next president.

    August 12, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Heat Miser can he be so removed from reality. He is widely regarded by most on the left and right as a blow hard and a buffoon.

    August 12, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. moneymaker

    I can get ANY republican elected as Prez in 2016. Simply out promise free stuff to the dem base and they will jump to the repub faster than a lowlife wanting their wic check.........

    August 12, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Politicians, Can you stop

    running for elections and just try doing our jobs? They need to drastically limit the amount of time and money allowed for campaigns Nothing gets done.

    August 12, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. mbsmith91

    Biden 2016.....................................the gift that keeps on giving!!!!!

    August 12, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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