Biden to keynote Iowa Democrats’ ‘virtual’ Hall of Fame event in July

    Former Vice President Joe Biden gets ready to grill steaks at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in September 2019. (Photo by Kathie Obradovich/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

    Two things to know about the Iowa Democratic Party’s summer Hall of Fame event: It’s going to be virtual due to COVID-19. And former Vice President Joe Biden will keynote.

    The Hall of fame event will be staged at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 26.

    Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, was trailing President Donald Trump in Iowa by just one percentage point in the latest Des Moines Regsiter/Mediacom Iowa Poll. Trump won Iowa by 9 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Biden’s last experience in Iowa was what he described as a “gut punch,” when he came in fourth in the 2020 Iowa caucuses.

    The Hall of Fame event will be in advance of the mid-August Democratic National Convention. It honors party volunteers and Iowans who “are leading by example in their communities,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a news release. Other speakers will be announced later.

    “Iowa Democrats are honored to have Vice President Joe Biden join us in celebrating the grassroots work and energy that’s going to turn our state blue in November,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith said. “Our work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket has never been more important.”

    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.