Joe Biden will travel to Iowa Friday, underscoring close presidential race
Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa Friday, marking his first in-person visit of the general election cycle.
According to his campaign, Biden plans to discuss bringing Americans together to address the crises facing the country.
Further details were not yet available, but the last-minute visit underscores how competitive the race for president has become in Iowa. Although Trump carried the state by 9 percentage points in 2016, a September Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll showed him tied with Biden at 47% to 47%.
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Biden's visit will come the day after Republican Vice President Mike Pence plans to hold a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Des Moines International Airport.
Public health experts have criticized the Trump campaign's large rallies, saying they contradict the White House's own Coronavirus Task Force recommendations against large gatherings.
The Biden campaign did not say how what kind of event he would hold. The campaign criticized a rally Trump held at the Des Moines International Airport earlier this month.
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Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.