US Vice President Joe Biden will be on official visit to Iowa on Thursday in a bid to boost the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration that were outlined in this year’s State of the Union address.
As the United States is gradually shifting into poll mode, Biden’s visit to Iowa is being seen in political colour.
The country would be holding its presidential election in 2016 and in such a scenario no visit of the leaders is without a healthy helping of presidential any political motive. And the political analysts believe the vice president’s visit is no such exception.
Biden’s closest friends and his former advisers in California also see the visit have more than one purpose.
Sara Riley, a lawyer from Cedar Rapids, said, “I don’t think it is a coincidence that he is coming to Iowa as opposed to, say, Arizona, where I assume they also have community colleges.”
Riley was associated with Biden’s presidential campaign in 2008 and remains his loyal.
Due to its status of first-in-the-nation caucus, Iowa remains very critical to the presidential hopefuls.
Upon arrival on Thursday, the Vice President will be making two stops in Des Moines area. Firstly, he will visit the Drake University, where he is scheduled to “deliver remarks -on the economic policies of the administration at Drake University.”
Biden will be then participating in a roundtable discussion at the Ankeny Campus of the Des Moines Area Community College.
“The roundtable will focus on the importance of helping more Americans go to college and the critical role that partnerships between community colleges and employers can play in helping Americans obtain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce,” according to a statement from the vice president’s office.
In October, Biden had mast visits to the Hawkeye State for an event. He was accompanied by then-Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley. He had also visited the state in September for another event organized in Des Moines with Nuns on the Bus, a liberal Catholic nuns group.