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Biden picks up first endorsement from Iowa congressional delegation

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign has picked up the first Iowan endorsement of its run, citing Politico. The “stamp of approval” from Representative Abby Finkenauer. Rep. Finkenauer is known best as one of the youngest women ever elected to the Congress_at 31-years-old. She is also the first in the Iowa congressional delegation to endorse the 2020 race. 

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Finkenauer’s vote is important to the legitimacy of Biden’s race. The 77-year-old candidate constantly fights the rhetoric that he is too old for this race. 

Finkenauer is also part of a competitive congressional district. This district voted for Barack Obama predominately in both of his presidential races. Then, they voted for Donald Trump in 2016. A Democratic congresswoman in this district may balance the competing sides. Those who vote for Obama in his elections likewise vote for his VP in those two elections. That was Joe Biden. It is likely that they would do it again with the endorsement and confidence of a younger representative. Yet, there could still be those who are leaning heavily to the Trump supportive angle. For these people, Finkenauer’s influence may be persuasive. As she stated,

“We need a President who reflects those same values and will make America’s working-class families their top priority. Joe Biden’s character, record, and commitment to rebuilding the backbone of the country _the middle class_is what Iowa and this country needs.” Finkenauer was quote by Politico in an official statement.

Finkenauer has a history with Biden’s electoral campaigns. Further citing Politico, she volunteered for Biden’s 2008 presidential rally-then just 19-years-old. Later on, when it was Finkenhauer’s turn to run in the race against Blum, Biden held a rally for her that drew 2,000 people. 

Citing the Hill, Finkenhauer is supporting Biden by pointing to his former experience on proposals, infrastructure, and the economy. She also cites his efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act of 2010 among her reasons. 

Finkenhauer is the first congressional representative from Iowa to endorse a presidential candidate. The 2020 race is picking up in Iowa_where the first-in-the-nation caucuses will begin on February 3, 2020. Rep. Finkenhauer is set to travel with the Biden campaign. She will tour eight cities and townships with Biden in a five-day Iowa tour starting Thursday. 

Further citing the Hill, there are only two Congressional members endorsing Biden in the race so far. Rep. Finkenhauer and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada). 

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Citing Washington Times, Finkenhaur was herself a party conversion for her district. She flipped the control of a seat in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District during the Democratic takeover in the House in 2018. The current Real Clear Politics also show Biden running in third in Iowa. In the general election polls, he is currently 4th behind Trump. This data could be subject to rapid change as the campaign kicks off. 

Citing Axios, the Biden campaign has recently raised $22.7 dollars in 2019’s Q4. The numbers for the Biden campaign fundraisers are doubling via online donations. Biden also cites heavy “staff investment” from supporter states Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. 

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