WASHINGTON: Today, June 11, 2019, the 2020 Election gloves have come off. It will be a bare-knuckle, knock down fight for the presidency. Predicted to win, the Republican incumbent, President Donald Trump. Not only because of the jobs reports (3.1 jobs for every job seeker), economy (strongest in decades if not ever) and our foreign presence. And wages have grown.
The president will be along the western edge of Iowa on Tuesday, visiting a renewable energy facility in Council Bluffs before headlining a state GOP fundraiser in West Des Moines.
Additionally, the President will be meeting the troops at Offutt Airforce Base. Biden plans a campaign stomp that will hold 85 supporters. Half of which will be campaign staff, no?
Regardless both are kicking off the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
Biden is the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but that is not saying much. Instead of using his platform to promote the Democrat’s platform, he is using it to attack the President.
Unveiling his campaign slogan of Trump being an “existential threat” to the nation. That there is a genuine threat to American Democracy.
“You know, Donald Trump and I are both in Iowa today. It wasn’t planned that way, but I hope Trump’s presence here will be a clarifying event,” Biden says.
The former vice president’s remarks, released early Tuesday morning by his campaign, contain more than 44 mentions of Trump by name. And they include some of Biden’s most blistering attacks to date on the president.
Last Friday, the President let his latest tariff threats against Mexico drop with the announcement that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a deal to stem the flow of migrants.
“This is something the U.S. has been trying to get for over 20 years with Mexico. As soon as I put tariffs on the table it was done — it took two days,” the President says.
Biden will campaign in the eastern part of the crucial caucus state, with stops in Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant before giving his speech in Davenport. He’s also expected to hammer the president over climate change and health care.
“I believe Trump is an existential threat to America,” Biden says in Iowa before overstating the situation in Charlottesville, Virginia in a retelling of the fake news surrounding that tragedy. Related information proves that the clashes in Charlottesville were perpetrated by professional agitators.
“The United States Attorney Office announced today that Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, and Cole Evan White, 24, all of California, were all arrested there early this morning by federal agents. Each has been charged with one count of violating the federal riots statute and one count of conspiracy to violate the federal riots statute. Prosecutors say the men flew in from the West Coast “with the intent to encourage, promote, incite, participate in, and commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot.”
“These four committed particularly violent acts in Charlottesville,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said in a news conference Tuesday. “They committed violent acts in California, at other rallies. Therefore, in our view they were essentially serial rioters.””
The former vice president’s trip is his second to Iowa since launching his 2020 presidential campaign in late April.
The President’s Schedule today
While the former Vice President’s schedule has him speaking to a friendly group in Davenport, following dual stops in Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant, the President has a brisk day. His travels starting with a front lawn presser. Showing the bredth of his accomplishments, the President remarks include:
- Obama took him off the trash heap. When a man has to mention my name 76 times in a speech he is in trouble.
The crime was by the Democrats. My poll numbers are very good.
- I would rather run against Biden as he is the weakest mentally. I like to run against mentally weak men. But Biden is a lot slower than he used to be.
- The best thing that happened to the farmers is me. We have given them 16 billion. No one has treated the farmers better than Donald Trump
- Nancy Pelosi is a mess. The Democratic party is a mess. They are guilty of many many crimes and shortly that will be seen. All they do is waste time. We need them to work on immigration, drug prices and infrastructure and they do nothing.
- Joe Biden thought China was not a competitor. Joe Biden is a dummy. China is a major competitor.
- Nancy Pelosi made a horrible statement while I was with the Queen of England, the President of France. And they are not supposed to do that.
- We are very involved in the Venezuela crisis, and we are looking at it very strongly.
- Our relationship with President Xi is very strong. We get along. I like him
The President’s schedule for today is busy
- 3:20 PM Deliver remarks on renewable energy at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
- 4:15 PM Depart Council Bluffs, IA, en route to Offutt Air Force Base, NE – Motorcade
- 4:30 PM Arrive at Offutt Air Force Base – Offutt Air Force Base, NE
- 4:40 PM Depart Offutt Air Force Base, NE, en route to Des Moines, IA – Air Force One
- 5:25 PM Arrive at Des Moines International Airport – Des Moines, IA
- 5:35 PM Departs Des Moines, IA, en route to West Des Moines, IA – Motorcade
- 5:55 PM Arrive at The Ron Pearson Center – West Des Moines, IA
- 6:30 PM Deliver remarks at the Republican Party of Iowa Annual Dinner
- 7:20 PM Depart West Des Moines, IA, en route to Des Moines, IA – Motorcade
With seven months to go until the Iowa caucus, Biden remains the front-runner among Democrats in the Hawkeye State. A Des Moines Register/CNN poll on Sunday indicates the former vice president with 27 percent support, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 15 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 12 percent, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 10 percent, and Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 9 percent.
Everyone else in the field registered at 2 percent or less.