Biden 'dead meat' in Iowa, governor says
December 19th, 2013
07:26 AM ET
10 months ago

Biden 'dead meat' in Iowa, governor says

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, widely assumed to be plotting a third presidential bid in 2016, shouldn’t bother booking any flights to Des Moines, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said.

“Biden is dead meat out here,” Branstad asserted Wednesday in an interview with CNN inside his office at the gilded state capitol building. “He is not going anywhere.”

Branstad, a 67-year old Republican, admitted his lack of familiarity with the passions of Iowa’s liberal Democratic caucus-goers, but he was unusually blunt when discussing Biden’s latest flirtation with the White House.

“Washington, D.C. is extremely unpopular,” he said. “Biden is so associated with this administration and all of its failures. He was unpopular before and he is even less popular now.”

Just 38% of Iowans approve of the job President Obama is doing, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found, a number Branstad cited repeatedly. It’s the President's worst performance ever in Quinnipiac surveys of Iowa, the state that launched his historic presidential campaign in 2008.

The poll did not measure Biden’s standing.

Branstad was more charitable when chatting about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but he predicted that she, too, will be dragged down by her ties to Washington and the flagging popularity of the president if she decides to run.

“I am probably not the one to ask about a Democratic caucus because I have never been to one,” he said. “But in terms of the electorate here, I think that Washington D.C. is extremely unpopular, and she is associated with Washington D.C. and served in [Obama’s] administration.”

Unprompted, Branstad cited another Quinnipiac poll released this week that showed Clinton losing Iowa in a hypothetical 2016 general election match-up against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Asked if Iowa Democrats might be open to someone other than Clinton, Branstad said there is “potential and possibility.”

“I saw some senator from Massachusetts that liberals are intrigued by,” he said, gesturing to his press aide for a clue.

“Elizabeth Warren,” the aide offered, naming the senator who ruled out a 2016 bid earlier this month, pledging to serve the remainder of a term that runs through 2018.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Vice President Biden
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. current state of the union

    I got news for you, if the Republicans win we're all dead meat

    December 19, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. current state of the union

    She's a much more prominent name in DC than you governor, your going nowhere on the national stage yourself there bub.

    December 19, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. smith

    Biden shouldn`t even attempt to run for potus. This is the man who told women to go out on their porch and shoot a shotgun in the air to scare criminals. The man who said not supporting the Obama agenda would effect the ability of the police to save women from being raped. Enough said..smh

    December 19, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. jinx9to88

    Thing about Iowa is that nobody cares. The GOP can have Iowa 6 electoral votes and in 2020 Dems will take Texas 38 electoral votes.

    December 19, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Tony

    Republicans are dead meat outside of the South and the Mountain West. They should not even think about running for president. Their favorable rating is lower than that of Obama, who is not running in 2016.

    December 19, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Branstad, a 67-year old Republican, admitted his lack of familiarity with the passions of Iowa’s liberal Democratic caucus-goers,
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    He has a lack of familiarity. Are you kidding me? Is admitting to living in a bubble? Is he admitting that the concerns and interest of Iowa Democrats are beneath his notice? Is he admitting that he's not governor for all residents of Iowa, just the Republicans? Is he admitting that he's so partisan that he has no shame confessing that he's unfamiliar with half of his state's population?

    December 19, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor CNN. Too drag itself down into the pit of nothingness simply to appease GOPerville stooges has got to reflect poorly on those at CNN who might still call themselves American journalists but are proving to be nothing more than the stooges they are trying so hard to appease.

    December 19, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. AlbaMN

    I wouldn't putting any stock into whatever comes out the mouth of Terry BrainDead.

    December 19, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Dead bear

    Braindead, a 67 year old white Republican, made many assumptions about party politics that he himself admits he knows absolutely nothing about. Perhaps what he should understand is that no candidate will lose sleep over not getting Iowa's 6 electoral votes.

    December 19, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. rs

    Looking at Iowa's (Republican) track record- I'd bet their cows would vote more intelligently. Remember? Last primary season the Idiot Bachmann won.

    December 19, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. current state of the union

    Well, at least he isn't pretending to care.

    December 19, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    I don't care nor give darn hoot–"we love you, Joe". Joe the best!!! Have a wonderful, safe holidays!!!

    December 19, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. current state of the union

    And Ted Cruz chances up here in the mid west, they're dead Jim.

    December 19, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. PaulG

    "Just 38% of Iowans approve of the job President Obama"
    I'm honestly puzzled how it could be that high given the many failures and transgressions by federal democrats.

    December 19, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    Biden shouldn`t even attempt to run for potus. This is the man who told women to go out on their porch and shoot a shotgun in the air to scare criminals. The man who said not supporting the Obama agenda would effect the ability of the police to save women from being raped. Enough said..smh
    *******************
    Ok, self-described " indy", which one of the GOP gaulleiters would meet with your approval? Since a man who served multiple terms in the Senate and a sitting VP is not worth consideration, whom should we vote for? Which one that babbles about "freedom" and then supports a paltform that does everything to undermine it is worthy of kissing your ring for approval?

    December 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ PaulG

    Just to be clear: President Obama won't be on the ballot in 2014 or 2016. Yeah, I know. Folks on the right are trying to make the next two elections all about Obama. No doubt President Mitt Romney approves that message. But, between you, me, and the GOPerville bubble folks have built around themselves ... those anti-Obama talking points aren't a winning strategy. They never were.

    December 19, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    He has a lack of familiarity. Are you kidding me? Is admitting to living in a bubble? Is he admitting that the concerns and interest of Iowa Democrats are beneath his notice? Is he admitting that he's not governor for all residents of Iowa, just the Republicans? Is he admitting that he's so partisan that he has no shame confessing that he's unfamiliar with half of his state's population?
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    That would be "yes" on multiple counts...your honor. Lol!

    December 19, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Larry in Houston

    LOL – yep, Iowa, the state w/ 6 electoral votes – yep they are the ones who are going to be the deciders ? and like it was in the 50's / 60's / 70's / 80's / ? I highly doubt it.....The avg. U.S. Voter isn't going to fall for it – they aren't going to say : "well since Iowa & new Hampshire is going for" "so & so" "that means we'll have to vote for that person also""

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings : but That's not going to cut it anymore......LOL the old days of voting that way, is over.

    December 19, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. smith

    @Tom P- I would like to see Joe Lieberman run for potus, but it`s not gonna happend. So my choice is either Hil-dogg or Awesome fat man Christie.

    December 19, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |