Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses

Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses
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Vice President Pence will go on a bus tour in Iowa later this month, just days before Democratic White House contenders duke it out in the Hawkeye State’s 2020 caucuses.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE’s reelection campaign announced Saturday that Pence will start his tour in Sioux City on Jan. 30, making stops in Council Bluffs and ending in Des Moines. The caucuses will take place four days later, on Feb. 3.

Pence is slated to deliver remarks at an Evangelicals for Trump event in Sioux City and a Veterans for Trump event in Council Bluffs before joining joining Trump for a rally at the Knapp Center at Drake University in Des Moines.

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Trump's campaign announced plans for the rally earlier this week.

Pence and Trump’s visits to the Hawkeye State, traditionally considered a swing state in presidential elections, could serve to simultaneously gin up support for their reelection campaign and draw voters’ attention away from the looming caucuses.

The state’s six electoral votes are a key piece to the president’s reelection path. Trump decisively won Iowa in 2016, capturing 51 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' MORE’s 41 percent. 

On the Democratic side, polls show a contested race heading into the caucuses, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered' MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments Liberal author Matt Stoller: Iowa caucus screw-up was 'Boeing 737 Max of the Democratic Party' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJack Black endorses Elizabeth Warren Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Poll: Biden, Sanders tied in Texas, followed by Warren MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegLiberal author Matt Stoller: Iowa caucus screw-up was 'Boeing 737 Max of the Democratic Party' Biden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll MORE (D) locked in the field’s top tier and any of the four poised for a first-place finish.