CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) – Presidential candidate Joe Biden made his first campaign stops in Iowa Tuesday.
The former vice president spent his afternoon speaking with voters in Cedar Rapids at the Veterans Memorial Building.
This is Biden’s third run at the presidency. The former vice president dropped out in 1988 and again in 2008, but the 2020 hopeful says this time is different, not just for him, but for America, as a lot is weighing on this election.
“Our very democracy, everything that makes America America, and we know why. Limit it to four years, this administration will go down as an abhorrent moment in time, but give 8 years to this administration and the White House, we’re going to forever and fundamentally change the country.,” Biden said.
Biden will round out his Iowa tour with stops in Dubuque Tuesday night and Iowa City and Des Moines Wednesday.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement regarding Joe Biden’s first visit to Iowa since announcing his candidacy:
Failed policies, loss of jobs, open borders — Iowans can’t afford another Obama presidency, and that’s just what Joe Biden would be. Iowa’s unemployment rate was 3.6% at the end of the Biden-Obama administration. Under President Trump’s leadership, it has now dropped by 1.2 points, hitting 2.4% last month. We will not move this country ahead by going backwards.
RNC Spokesperson Preya Samsundar also put out a statement as Biden visited the state:
Joe Biden may think his candidacy is a big deal, but he comes to Iowa looking to do what he has never convinced Iowans to do before – support his bid for president. While Biden looks to shore up his support amongst his party’s most vocal, Iowans will make it clear that they are not interested in going back to the days of skyrocketing health care premiums and deductibles, higher taxes, and high unemployment rates.
His first stop was in Cedar Rapids at noon. You can watch it below.