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Bidens to visit Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Labor Day picnics

First Lady Michelle Obama (from left), President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden wave to the crowd during a campaign event in front of Jessup Hall on the University of Iowa campus on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Iowa City. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
First Lady Michelle Obama (from left), President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden wave to the crowd during a campaign event in front of Jessup Hall on the University of Iowa campus on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Iowa City. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Former Vice President Joe Biden will spend Monday in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, meeting with union members at their Labor Day picnics.

Biden and his wife, Jill, will visit the Hawkeye Area Labor Council’s picnic at Hawkeye Downs, 440 Sixth St. SW. The picnic, which organizers expect to attract about 2,000 people, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From there, the Bidens will go to a Labor Day picnic hosted by the Iowa City Federation of Labor from 2 to 4 p.m. at City Park, Shelter 6, 200 E. Park Rd.

The campaign did not release details about the timing of the Bidens’ picnic visits.

The Hawkeye Area Labor Council invites candidates to meet with the union members, but does not give them speaking times. Labor Day, Hawkeye Area Labor Council Executive Director Rick Moyle joked, “Is workers’ day, not politicians’ day.”

Biden, who is leading most polls of likely Iowa caucusgoers’ choice for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has had more than 30 events in Iowa since kicking off his campaign in April. He had an April 30 rally at Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. The next day, he spoke at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City.

The Bidens won’t have Hawkeye Downs to themselves Monday. The Labor Council said Democratic presidential hopefuls Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg also will attend.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will be there representing former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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