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September 16, 2013

In Iowa, Biden touts diplomatic progress

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He linked himself with the administration’s efforts to lift the slow-recovering economy, and with Obama in particular. And while Biden is well known in Iowa from his presidential races, Obama’s approval nationally, under 50 percent, would be a challenge for him.

“We have a clear vision for America that rests on a growing and prosperous middle class, where the playing field is level,” Biden said, “and where we lead the world again in the power of our example.”

With Hillary Clinton and Biden as the most prominent Democrats being discussed for their party’s 2016 nomination, Obama said in a broadcast interview that he suspects both politicians would say it was “way too premature” to focus on the race.

Asked about Biden’s visit, the president told ABC’s “This Week” that “Iowa’s a big state and (Biden is) an old friend of Tom Harkin’s.” The two were Senate colleagues.

“We consider Joe Biden one of our own,” said Jon Mixdorf, who serves on the executive committee for the Black Hawk County Democrats. “If Joe Biden can carry that tradition Obama has started, we would be behind him. But honestly it would be close.”

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