President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden to barnstorm Iowa ,
Biden will head to eastern Iowa, on the heels of a weekend visit by most of the Democratic field, but which Biden skipped. There, the former vice president has three community stops on his public schedule, in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Davenport.
While the two are unlikely to cross paths in the crucial caucus state, their visit will bring heightened attention to the Hawkeye State, given each candidate’s propensity to speak off the cuff and their ongoing public spats.
Polls show a tight race in a hypothetical match-up between Trump and Biden — making Iowa an important swing state for both parties.
Biden will make his second trip to Iowa since announcing his presidential run back in April, making his pitch to voters during three events Tuesday across eastern Iowa.
The former vice president will also take part in a public event on Wednesday morning in Clinton, before heading to Chicago in the afternoon.
One thing is abundantly clear about Biden’s message this time around: He plans to address being in the same state as Trump head on.
“You know, Donald Trump and I are both in Iowa today. It wasn’t planned that way, but I hope Trump’s presence here will be a clarifying event,” Biden wrote in prepared remarks for his event in Davenport, which will take place while the president attends a fundraiser for the Iowa GOP party.
Biden’s remarks, released early by the campaign, mark some of Biden’s most pointed attacks of the president — mentioning his name 44 times, and hitting Trump for his tariff policy and the impact it has on Iowa farmers and manufacturers. Biden also plans to hit Trump for his health care policy and denial of climate change.