Biden campaign unveils first Iowa endorsements

Biden campaign unveils first Iowa endorsements
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Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign unveiled its first slate of Iowa endorsements as the former vice president seeks to gin up support in the crucial early caucus state. 

The endorsements, from eight political and community leaders across Iowa, come during a two-day campaign swing through the Hawkeye State and amid increased scrutiny of Biden’s presence in Iowa, which has lagged behind that of other candidates. 


“Today’s endorsements are invaluable additions to the robust campaign Vice President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE is building in Iowa,” said Jake Braun, Biden’s Iowa State Director. “These are influential political and community leaders, all of whom are ready to work by Joe Biden’s side to change the course of this country – fighting for the soul of our nation, rebuilding an inclusive middle class, and unifying America.”  

Among those endorsing Biden are state Rep. Bruce Hunter (D), state Sen. Jim Lykam (D), Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney and more. 

Biden has emerged as the crowded Democratic primary’s pacesetter, topping every national poll since he launched his presidential bid in April and raking in millions of dollars in campaign donations. 

However, Iowa Democrats have urged Biden to spend more time in the state to avoid ceding state support to his nearly two dozen primary competitors. 

“Biden may be polling a little ahead at this point, but other candidates are working harder and engaging the voters,” JoAnn Hardy, who heads the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Party, told The Hill. “Biden is in danger of being lapped.”

“I get the feeling that much of his strategy so far is resting on his laurels, which can only go so far in the face of exciting candidates who are actually putting in the face time,” added Brian Bruening, chairman of the Clayton County Democratic Party. 

Biden has held eight events in Iowa over four days, falling behind appearances by other major Democratic 2020 contenders. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) have appeared at over 30 events each, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.) has held 27 events and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall MORE (D-Calif.) has held 21.

While Biden still holds a double-digit lead over all other Democrats in Iowa polling, a Des Moines Register-CNN survey conducted last week showed his lead slip from 32 points in December to 24 points.