Trump crashes Iowa ahead of caucuses and crucial impeachment vote , Four days before the Democratic presidential candidates will compete in the Iowa caucuses,
And with the U.S. Senate debating in Washington whether to remove him from office, Trump stormed into the Hawkeye State to try to create headlines of his own. That is a crucial advantage over his Democratic rivals because Trump has more time to focus on key battleground states.
But that’s not what’s going on in Iowa, a state Trump safely won by nearly 10 points in 2016. Trump’s appearance in the Hawkeye State seemed a clear effort to inject himself into the conversation around the Democratic caucus. However,
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, insisted Trump’s appearance wasn’t about the Democratic race. “The president is not averse to a little counterprogramming when it’s warranted, but I mean
Trump is facing a pair of long shots in the Republican race: former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and erstwhile Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, the latter of whom made his case Thursday to Trump supporters waiting to enter the arena. Trump’s opponents are both polling in the single digits. And, of course,
The president is also facing attacks from the Democratic candidates. Several of the leading Democratic candidates, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, were stuck in Washington serving as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial.
But former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg were both in Iowa where they took shots at Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned Thursday in Waukee, Iowa, where he used Trump’s visit to the state to draw a clear contrast,