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Biden roasts rising Republicans at Iowa steak fry
On a trip to another state crucial for 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told Iowans on Sunday that a new generation of Republican leaders threatens to unravel the gains of the Obama administration.
“Unless we can begin to break down the majority in the House of Representatives, everything you have fought for for the last six years and beyond is in jeopardy,” Mr. Biden told a crowd of Democratic activists, elected officials and donors in Des Moines. “This is now a party where the tail is wagging the dog, where Ted Cruz is running the show, a freshman, in terms of the ideas of the party.”
“The measure of our success will be whether or not the middle class is growing,” Mr. Biden said. “We have a clear vision for America. I’m more optimistic about America’s chances today than when I arrived as a 29-year-old” senator.
Mr. Biden hasn’t said whether he intends to run for president in 2016. His visit to the early caucus state officially was to pay tribute to Sen. Tom Harkin, the five-term liberal who is retiring, and to rally other Democrats for the Senate seat that will be open in 2014 for the first time in more than 40 years.
But Mr. Biden’s appearance at Mr. Harkin’s annual steak-fry fundraiser, a customary stop for presidential candidates, fueled more speculation that he still wants to attain the White House. He will visit South Carolina, another early 2016 primary state, this week.
“It’s amazing when you come to speak at the steak fry, a whole lot of people seem to take notice,” Mr. Biden said.
Mr. Harkin quipped that, along with the Secret Service’s precautions at the steak fry, “I heard that Donald Trump was outside checking birth certificates.”
He said Iowa over the summer “endured” visits by several prominent Republicans, including Mr. Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
“All I can say, folks, is the clown car’s filling up pretty rapidly,” Mr. Harkin said.
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