Tag: Iowa

Biden’s Campaign Approach: Run Like It’s a Primary of One

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — In a field of 23 Democratic candidates for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is campaigning as if he is running alone. Over the past eight days, Mr. Biden celebrated a granddaughter’s graduation with the family of Barack Obama while 19 of his opponents fought for breakout moments at a party gathering […]

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‘I Live This Every Day’: Portraits of Pride in Iowa

DES MOINES — It was hot at the Capital City Pride Fest. Bodies glistening with sweat, dunk-tank-envy hot. But there people stood, draped with rainbow flags, wearing them like capes. Gathering on the street. Listening in the shade to Democratic presidential candidates who had come to win their support. Among the revelers was Mook Bascomb, […]

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They Like Joe Biden in Iowa. For Now. (Many Voters Are Still Looking.)

OTTUMWA, Iowa — They praise his experience. They are hopeful about his general election prospects. He is often their first choice for president. For now. But while Joseph R. Biden Jr. tops the early polls in Iowa, on the ground there are signs that his lead is fragile in the state that kicks off the […]

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The Corn Is as High as Donald Trump’s Tie

Do you wish you were an Iowa voter? Imagine how exciting life would be right now. Each morning when you left the house, you’d have no idea how many Democratic candidates for president would try to shake your hand before sunset. Everybody wants to woo Iowans because they vote first. On Tuesday Joe Biden was […]

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Take the Iowa Caucuses. Please.

Last weekend, a drove of Democratic presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa for two days of voter contact. The lure was Sunday night’s Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids, where each of the 19 candidates was given five minutes to perform a monologue before Iowa’s Democratic Party elite. With an estimated 200 journalists and 1,500 […]

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Biden to Describe Trump as ‘Existential Threat’ as They Circle Each Other in Iowa

DES MOINES — President Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who are increasingly sparring and treating each other as political foils in the 2020 White House race, are each set to appear on Tuesday in the key early voting state of Iowa — and the Biden campaign wasted no time throwing swings. […]

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Rep. Steve King Trots Out Diamond and Silk in Legislative Announcement

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican deemed so racist by his own GOP that party leaders removed him from all the House committees on which he sat, has found a new cause: championing vets and homeless people in the name of two of Donald Trump’s most favorite “blacks,” […]

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On the Oratory Trail in Iowa

We have reached the stage in the Democratic race when the best candidates have buffed their stump speeches to a shine like a chauffeur polishing the front grill on a Rolls Royce. Every rambling anecdote has been dropped, every hand gesture has been syncopated with the rhetoric and every laugh line has been blessed with […]

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Trump Needs a Target to Stay Interested in His Campaign. For Now, It’s Biden.

WASHINGTON — Late at night, using his old personal cellphone number, President Trump has been calling former advisers who have not heard from him in years, eager to discuss his standing in the polls against the top Democrats in the field — specifically Joseph R. Biden Jr., whom he describes in those conversations as “too […]

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Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren took selfies — with each other. Senator Bernie Sanders marched with striking fast-food workers. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., played the blues on an electric keyboard. And former Representative John Delaney brought a team of bagpipers. The Democratic Party gathering in Iowa on […]

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Biden Retains Lead in Iowa Poll, but Warren and Buttigieg Gain

CRESCO, Iowa — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. retains a lead among likely Iowa caucusgoers, but both he and Senator Bernie Sanders have lost ground over the past three months while Senator Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., have made clear gains, according to a new poll from […]

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‘You Don’t Have to Be in Des Moines.’ Democrats Expand Primary Map, Spurred by Social Media.

SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday marks exactly eight months until the Iowa caucuses, but only a single, long-shot Democratic candidate in the party’s sprawling field, Representative Tim Ryan, spent the weekend campaigning there. Instead, 14 White House hopefuls eschewed Iowa’s cozy church basements and V.F.W. posts to gather at a hangar-size convention center in this liberal […]

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Elizabeth Warren Gains Ground in 2020 Field, One Plan at a Time

NEWTON, Iowa — To the crowd of Iowans gathered in a school gym on Saturday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren made a request: They should pose a question to the other presidential candidates who come to Iowa seeking their vote. “Ask them: Where do you get your money?” she said. “Are you getting it from a […]

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With the 2020 Democratic Field Set, Candidates Begin the Races Within the Race

NEWTON, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has built an early lead in the month since he entered the presidential campaign, confidently projecting himself as the Democratic front-runner and the candidate best positioned to defeat President Trump. But beneath the surface of a seemingly placid race is a much more volatile contest, as a series […]

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