Biden to go on Iowa tour with swing district lawmakers

Biden to go on Iowa tour with swing district lawmakers

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 will hit the campaign trail in Iowa with three swing district Democrats in a bid to win over moderates in the crucial early caucus state. 

Biden will go on tour this weekend with freshman Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Buttigieg, Sanders ahead in Iowa debacle Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Biden announces statewide bus tour ahead of Iowa caucuses MORE (Iowa), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.) and Colin Allred (Texas), all of whom flipped GOP-held districts in the 2018 midterms and helped the Democrats retake the House.  

The tour will send the four to Cedar Rapids, Oelwein, Waukon, Decorah, Waverly and Marshalltown over a two-day period, a rapid clip reflecting the full-court press Biden is making to win the support of Iowa voters ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses. 

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“The Members of Congress will highlight the imperative that Democrats select a nominee that will not only ensure we beat Donald Trump, but also help the party win up and down the ticket next November in battleground districts and states,” Biden’s campaign said in a statement. 

Biden has put his electability at the center of his campaign, arguing that a moderate is best suited to defeat 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 in swing states in November. 

Polling shows a tightly packed top tier in Iowa, with the RealClearPolitics average showing Biden with a slim lead over 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

Sanders and Warren, who are stuck in Washington during the week for the Senate’s impeachment trial, are dispatching their top surrogates to Iowa to maintain their campaign’s presence in the Hawkeye State.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.), a progressive with wide name recognition, will tour the state for Sanders, while former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who scrapped his own presidential bid before endorsing Warren, is holding multiple events for the Massachusetts senator.