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Biden kicks off eight day bus tour throughout Iowa

Posted at 10:42 PM, Nov 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-01 18:07:26-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (KMTV) — Former Vice President and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden kicked off a bus tour across Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 30.

"We are going to win this race, we are going to beat Donald Trump and I promise you we are going to change America," Biden said.

He and his wife, Jill, are on a 660 mile road trip through Iowa with the mission to gain support.

They will be traveling on a bus over the next 8 days and going through 18 counties just 65 days away from the Iowa caucus.

The 'No Malarkey' tour will focus on rural America.

"We named it 'No Malarkey' because the other guy is all lies," Biden said.

The tour comes as Biden's standing has slumped in some of the top polls, yet his supporters say he is the candidate America needs.

"I heard him speak so many times about foreign policy, about our position in the world and where we ought to be," Omaha resident Bill Reinbrecht said. "It's overwhelming. He's gotta be the choice."

Donna Smith, a former independent voter, turned democrat in the 2016 election. She says Biden's biggest issue is currently what President Trump is saying about Hunter Biden's Ukraine dealings.

"Did he do it? Did they do it? I believe in Joe Biden," Smith said. "I believe what he says."

The issues the campaign will be focusing on are rural health care, restoring the middle class and helping farmers impacted by the Trump Administration's trade war.

"Our plan recognizes farmers," Biden said. "They are not looking for a pay off. They are just looking for a way to make a living."

A recent Iowa State University poll shows 44% of Iowa farmers are struggling to cover costs, despite the government's agriculture bailouts.

"There is no reason in the world why we can't transform this country," Biden said.

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, who recently endorsed Biden, says the former Vice President is the most practical of the candidates and has the experience needed to win.