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President Biden will travel to Iowa on Tuesday to advance his economic agenda and highlight steps he is taking to cut costs for working families.
Hawkeye’s state trip will be the president’s first since winning the White House in the 2020 election. And his visit should shed light on whether Iowa will continue to kick off the presidential nomination calendar and whether Biden will run for office. a second term in 2024.
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Biden is expected to showcase the investments his administration has made in Iowa through the massive bipartisan infrastructure measure he signed into law last fall.
The White House said that at the event in Menlo, 45 miles west of Des Moines, the president “will discuss his administration’s actions to reduce costs for working families, reduce the impact of the Putin’s price hike and building a better America with Bipartisan”. Infrastructure Act investments in rural communities.”
And the stop in Menlo kicks off the administration’s rural infrastructure tour.
While this is an official trip to advance policy, Democratic strategists say campaign politics both in the 2022 midterms and in the 2024 White House race is a consideration in President’s itinerary.
“There’s no decision the White House makes about where to send the president that doesn’t have some sort of political consideration. They don’t choose those places by accident, ever,” a reporter told Fox News. Democratic strategist tied to Biden’s world. .
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But the strategist pointed to next year’s midterms, rather than the 2024 White House race, as the primary political motivation for heading to Iowa.
Menlo is located in Iowa’s 3rd congressional district, which is represented by two-term Democratic Representative Cindy Axne, who won her election in 2018 and her re-election in 2020 by wafer-thin margins. House Republicans, who need a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber to win back a majority, are targeting Axne as she runs for re-election this year.
Thanks to Iowa’s longtime top spot in the presidential nomination calendar, the president’s stop in Des Moines will also likely generate more speculation about whether Biden, 79, will run for re-election. in 2024.
The then-Vice President made history in November 2020 when he became the oldest person ever elected President. If he campaigns for re-election in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 in his second election and 86 at the end of his second term.
Asked more than a year ago at his presidency’s first official press conference about his plans for 2024, Biden said: “My answer is yes. I plan to run for re-election. That’s what I wait.”
And he said in an interview with ABC News in December that “If I have the health that I am in now, if I am healthy, then in fact I would run again.”
Former President Donald Trump, upon his inauguration in 2017, made history at 70 as America’s oldest president. That record was broken four years later by Biden.
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Fifty-two percent of respondents in a Wall Street Journal survey conducted early last month said they did not think the president would launch a re-election campaign, with 29% saying they expected Biden is seeking re-election and 19% uncertain. .
In November, the president made New Hampshire’s first stop to sell the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure he had signed into law two days earlier. In addition to being a key midterm election battleground state, New Hampshire has hosted the first primary on the presidential nominating calendar for a century.
The president’s trip to Iowa comes as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seriously considers an overhaul to its 2024 presidential nomination calendar that could knock Iowa out of the leadership position it has held for half a year. century. It’s likely that Biden will face questions regarding the Democratic caucus and the primary schedule.
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Iowa’s leadership status came under scrutiny last month during the DNC’s winter meetings, as many members who spoke were clearly open to reorganizing the presidential nominating schedule. to better reflect the growing diversity and values of the party.
Iowa is currently followed in the schedule by New Hampshire – then Nevada and South Carolina.
The blow for years against Iowa and New Hampshire among many Democrats has been that the states are too white, lack large urban areas and are unrepresentative of a Democratic party that has increasingly diversified over the past few decades. Nevada and South Carolina are much more diverse than Iowa or New Hampshire.
To complicate matters, Nevada Democrats passed a bill last year that would turn the state’s presidential caucus into a primary and aim to move the contest to the top of the White House race, ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire. And Iowa’s problems have been compounded by botched reports from the 2020 caucuses, which have become national and international history, and an embarrassment to Iowa Democrats as well as the DNC.
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The DNC’s rules and regulations committee — which oversees the party’s presidential nomination calendar — resumes discussions on revamping the calendar when it meets again on Wednesday.
Biden finished a disappointing fourth in the 2020 caucuses in Iowa. Trump carried Iowa eight points over Biden.