With about 100 days until the Iowa caucus, Presidential Candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Lee County, Iowa, Wednesday.
The stop in West Point, Iowa, was Biden’s first 2020 campaign stop in Lee County.
“People like you here…in Iowa in ..built this country,” said Biden to a room full of supporters.
“We just love Joe Biden, we liked when he was vice president with Obama and would love to see him to be our next president,” said Hannibal Resident Tia Rhodes.
Biden told the crowd he’s running to rebuild the middle class, what he called the backbone of the country.
Biden shared how he connects with Tri-State voters, talking about his experience growing up in a working class family, in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“It’s a town like West Point and Fort Madison that shaped your lives”
Though the most recent polls nationwide have Biden leading, he’s in a neck and neck race with Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigeg in Iowa. Which is why voters like Rhodes say it’s so important Biden pays attention to these small, rural communities like West Point.
“The small towns count just as much as the big towns,” said Rhodes.
Another area where Biden trails in the polls is among young voters.
Millennial voter Tenyshia Chalupa says while she supports Biden, there is one area she and other young voters are looking for clarification.
“I also have questions about his climate policy, I think that’s a huge reason a lot of youth and young adults aren’t backing him,” Chalupa said.
Biden also addressed rebuilding the middle class, prescription drug prices and he gave his plan to help fix the student loan crisis.
“They’ll be able to go to community college for free..and graduate with no debt.” He said to a room full of applause.
After his stop in West Point, Biden went to Muscatine for another campaign stop.