Biden, Pence plan Iowa visits this week

    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd at a town hall event at Clinton College on Aug. 29, 2019, in Rock Hill, S.C. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will make his first visit to Iowa since the 2020 caucus campaign on Friday, while Republican Vice President Mike Pence will return to the state on Thursday.

    Vice President Mike Pence points to the audience at a campaign event Oct. 1, 2020, in Carter Lake, Iowa. (Screen shot from livestream of event)

    News of the events come as recent polls have shown a tight race in Iowa between Biden and President Donald Trump, who won the state by 9 percentage points in 2016.

    Pence has been a relatively frequent visitor to Iowa over the summer and fall. He was last in Iowa Oct. 1, with events in Carter Lake and Des Moines. Trump held a rally Oct. 14 at the Des Moines airport, an event that drew criticism because of Iowa’s high COVID-19 infection rate. Pence’s rally on Thursday is also scheduled for the Des Moines International Airport.

    Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, have appeared virtually at Democratic events in the state.  No details of Friday’s planned event were released as of Monday afternoon.

    Kathie Obradovich
    Editor Kathie Obradovich has been covering Iowa government and politics for more than 30 years, most recently as political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. She previously covered the Iowa Statehouse for 10 years for newspapers in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Mason City and Muscatine. She is a leading voice on Iowa politics and makes regular appearances on state, national and international news programs. She has led national-award-winning coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and the Register’s Iowa Poll.