HIAWATHA — Ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign rally for Iowa Democrats this evening, Iowa Republicans are calling his visit a “rescue mission” for Fred Hubbell and Abby Finkenauer.
“This isn’t a visit from the former vice president,” Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Hiawatha. “They’re throwing a lifesaver to Fred Hubbell … throwing a life jacket to Abby Finkenauer.”
Biden will headline the early voting rally starting at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building, 50 Second Ave. Bridge. Joining him will be Finkenauer, a candidate taking on U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, and Hubbell, a candidate competing with Gov. Kim Reynolds.
“It’s definitely a rescue mission they have going on here to bring in Joe Biden to try to pump some life into some desperate campaigns,” Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg said. “The bottom line is that the message of raising taxes on Iowa families is falling completely flat.”
Kaufmann pointed out that earlier in the year Biden was quoted as saying he would be “conspicuously absent … (but) now he’s here.”
That’s because the 1st District House race is an “absolute dead heat” despite polls over the summer that showed Finkenauer ahead by anywhere from 5 to 15 points, Kaufmann said.
Republicans always knew the governor’ race would be tight, Gregg said. But Hubbell’s message of “peeling back” the tax cuts approved by the GOP Legislature earlier this year is failing, he said.
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“We’ve known this would be a competitive race the entire time and we have conducted ourselves that way — traveling the state and making the case that Iowa is moving in the right direction,” Gregg said.
“You can’t make a tax hike a good thing by bringing in famous people,” Kaufmann added. “Bottom line, they are on the wrong side of this and they know it.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Biden rally. The closest parking ramp is at the corner of First Street SE and Second Avenue. Others are available within walking distance.
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