President Joe Biden will visit Iowa on Tuesday, White House says – Des Moines Register

April 19, 2022
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Update: This article has been updated to reflect President Joe Biden now plans to visit Menlo. 
President Joe Biden plans to visit Menlo on Tuesday, his first trip to Iowa since the 2020 election. 
Biden will discuss his economic agenda and actions he is taking to lower costs for working families, according to information the White House provided to the Des Moines Register. He will tout the investments in rural Iowa delivered through the infrastructure law he signed late last year, the White House said. 
Menlo, a town of about 365 people, is about 45 minutes west of Des Moines. 
Iowa stands to gain about $5 billion in new roads and bridges, broadband and water infrastructure improvements through that infrastructure law, an analysis said when Biden signed the law. The Biden administration also announced this week that Iowa would receive more than $60 million in transit funds. 
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Details were not immediately available on where Biden will speak or whether the event was open to the public.
The stop will be Biden’s first since Oct. 30, 2020, when Biden held a campaign event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds four days before Election Day. 
In Iowa, Biden finished more than 8 percentage points behind Republican Donald Trump in that election.
Iowa Democratic Party chairperson Ross Wilburn said he’s “thrilled” to welcome Biden back to the state.
“Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we now have the tools to repair Iowa’s roads and bridges, connect our rural communities with high-speed internet access, clean up our drinking water and provide tens of thousands of Iowans with access to affordable health care,” he said. 
Biden’s visit comes as just over one-third of Iowans say they approve of his job performance. A March Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 35% of Iowa adults approve of his performance, with 59% disapproving and 6% unsure. 
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Republican Party of Iowa chairperson Jeff Kaufmann issued a statement on Biden’s visit Friday, saying Iowans “are worse off than they were a year ago because of Biden’s out-of-touch policies and broken promises.”
“His policies have caused inflation to reach a 40-year high, destroyed our energy independence, pulled the rug out from under Iowa farmers, created a crisis at our Southern border and weakened America on the world stage,” Kaufmann said. 
The visit also comes as questions surround the future of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status in the Democratic presidential nominating process. Last month, members of the Democratic National Committee expressed support for a plan to restructure the nominating calendar, which could upend Iowa’s role as the lead-off state.
Biden finished fourth in the 2020 Iowa caucuses. He has said that he intends to run for reelection in 2024. 
Trump, who could seek to oppose Biden again in 2024, last visited Iowa in October of 2021. During the rally, Trump endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s reelection campaign
Ian Richardson covers the Iowa Statehouse for the Des Moines Register. Reach him at irichardson@registermedia.com, at 515-284-8254, or on Twitter at @DMRIanR.

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