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PoliticsJoe Biden takes hard whacks at Donald Trump as both stump in Iowa

01:25  12 june  2019
01:25  12 june  2019 Source:   desmoinesregister.com

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, returning to campaign in Iowa on the same day President Donald Trump was in the state, took some hard whacks at the president he hopes to defeat in November 2020.

"President Trump is in Iowa today. and I hope his presence here will be a clarifying event," Biden said Tuesday afternoon in Ottumwa. "Because Iowa farmers have been crushed by his tariff war with China and no one knows better than the folks in Iowa. He thinks that being tough is great. Well, it’s really easy to be tough when someone else absorbs the pain."

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Joe Biden has visited Iowa countless times over 32 years, in previous presidential bids and as vice president. But Tuesday was the first time he arrived in the state as the Democratic front-runner.

Biden also contrasted Trump to presidents who stood up at key moments in history (e.g., George H.W. Bush turning in his NRA membership, Bill Clinton’s Biden made the case that Trump fundamentally doesn’t understand the job. “ Trump offers no moral leadership; seems to have no interest in unifying

Trump has singled Biden out of the massive presidential field as the target of his critiques, and Biden responded forcefully.

"I believe that this president is literally an existential threat to America," Biden said to a crowd of 250 in Ottumwa, the first stop during his two-day trip. "He's a threat to our core values, and he's a threat to our standing in the world."

Before Trump even left the White House, the president blasted the Democratic presidential candidate, telling reporters: "I like running against people who are weak mentally."

Trump continued: "When a man has to mention my name 76 times in a speech, that means he’s in trouble."

"Trump doesn't get the basics," the former vice president was scheduled to say about the trade war the president has executed, according to Biden's prepared evening remarks for a stop in Davenport.

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Biden joked about Trump's nicknames for him at his stop in Mount Pleasant, where he spoke to about 200 people, according to his campaign.

"Apparently, he had my speech on in Air Force One. I guess he’s really fascinated with me," he said. "I find it fascinating."

Joe Biden takes hard whacks at Donald Trump as both stump in Iowa© Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in a packed hall in Ottumwa, Iowa Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Biden is currently an Iowa polling leader, according to a recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll. Twenty-four percent of Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers say the former vice president is their first choice for president. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont senator, is the first choice for 16% of poll respondents, while Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator, and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15% and 14%, respectively. No other candidate cracked double digits.

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Since Biden is consistently ahead in polls in South Carolina, where the former vice president enjoys string support among African Americans, he can But Buttigieg, whose home state borders Iowa and who is having trouble attracting African American voters, needs to show well in Iowa , says Dave

Biden is also scheduled to appear in Clinton on Wednesday.

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'Adult in the room,' or has his time passed?

Some attendees at the event said Biden's experience makes him the most credible candidate in the race.

"He’s the adult in the room," said Dennis Olson, a 65-year-old Biden supporter who drove from Urbandale to see the candidate. "I realize he’s similar in age to the president, and stuff like that, and some would say that that might be too old, but I believe the experience way outweighs that."

The Iowa Poll found 52% of Democrats likely to caucus in person said a candidate with years of experience in Washington, D.C., would have an advantage in facing Trump, but just 1% said it would be an advantage for a candidate to be older than 70. Biden is 76, and Trump will turn 73 on Friday.

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Lesley Green, 32, of Ottumwa, has been seeing every presidential candidate who comes to town. She said she thinks Biden did a great job as vice president for former President Barack Obama, but she's committed to caucusing for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

"I think he’s a great guy, but I think his time has passed," Green said of Biden. "I think there are other candidates that are exciting the base a lot more. There are several good candidates out there that, I think, would get people out to volunteer, get them out to vote."

Green, who attended Biden's Ottumwa event, said she's concerned about the former vice president's decades of past positions and votes for which he will have to answer on the campaign trail.

"I don’t want to have to deal with all that baggage when I’m going door-to-door trying to convince people to vote for somebody," she said.

Whomever the Democrats nominate, they need to unite when the primary process is over, said Cindy Drost, 58, who farms in rural New Sharon with her husband.

Drost said her first choice is former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, but she's considering switching to Biden.

"To be honest with you, (O'Rourke is) not doing real well in the polls right now," Drost said. "So we are starting to look at Joe Biden. We think that some of the other candidates need to start dropping out. Either that, or start doing better in the polls."

O'Rourke registered 2% support in the latest Iowa Poll. Nearly three out of four respondents to that poll said several (47%) or most (27%) of the 23 candidates should drop out of the race.

"It’s a high priority of mine that we beat Donald Trump, and we’re not going to do that if we are all for different candidates," Drost said.

USA Today contributed to this report

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