Category: Iowa Votes 2020

President Trump Takes Swing at Democrats at Metro Fundraiser

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — President Donald Trump returned to the Hawkeye State for a pair of events on Tuesday.

He started in Council Bluffs at an ethanol plant, where he touted the recent expansion to year-round E15 gas.

After speaking in Council Bluffs, he headed to the metro for a fundraiser in West Des Moines. This second stop was less of a campaign rally, and the president took time to boost Iowa’s Republican Party.

In his speech, he connected the Democratic Party to socialism.

“The Democrats have never been more out of touch with the mainstream. They are totally out of touch. They want open borders which brings crime, drugs and human trafficking. Every top Democrat supports taxpayer abortion until birth,” Trump said. “Republicans believe every life is a sacred gift from God.”

Trump had the support of 700 people who attended The America First Dinner.

Governor Kim Reynolds was there, but other top Republicans such as Joni Ernst, Steve King and Chuck Grassley, were not.

Trump not only backed Iowa’s Fetal Heart Beat Bill,which the court struck down. The President also defended his immigration policy. The president vowed to build 500 miles of a boarder wall.

Channel 13 spoke with supporters of year-round E15 who say it is about time the president makes a stop in Iowa.

“It’s now more important than ever because what’s happening in this country with all the socialist ideas that are being floated around on the other side,” Ames resident Theresa Garman said.

All proceeds from Tuesday’s fundraiser will go to the Republican Party of Iowa.

Attendees said they paid upwards of $500 per plate.

Protesters Arrested Outside Republican Fundraiser Attended by Trump

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans both for and against President Donald Trump expressed their support and disapproval outside events on Tuesday.

Overall, the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but a handful of people ended up getting arrested.

Those arrested are from a group called “Bold Iowa” that is protesting the denial of climate change. West Des Moines police say the group marched onto private property at Hy-Vee’s corporate offices. Officers asked them to leave and the five that didn’t were taken into custody.

“They were all wearing diapers and had whole black outfits. Their banner said, ‘This climate change should scare the sh** out of you, because it does me,’” said Mary Lovell, who supported the protesters.

Ed Fallon, the director of Bold Iowa, explained the group’s mission.

“None of us want to go to jail,” said Fallon. “But given the severity of what scientists are telling us about the climate crisis, we feel it’s important to try to stop this fundraising event from happening. The funds raised at this event will be used to support further efforts to deny the global consensus of the scientific community on climate change, and they will also support the policies of this administration and of Iowa Republican elected officials.”

The suspects have not been identified. Police say they will likely be charged with trespassing and released.

Listen to President Trump’s Full Speech at Council Bluffs Ethanol Plant

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Donald Trump made his first visit to Iowa since 2018 on Tuesday.

The president began his visit by touring an ethanol production facility in Council Bluffs.

The president used the ethanol plant as the backdrop for a speech highlighting his economic policies. After years of delay, the EPA finally announced last month that E15 ethanol can be sold year-round in the U.S.

For just over 30 minutes the president stuck to his usual script, reading a list of deals he says his administration has struck in the last two years.

A local farmer called to the stage by the president thanked him for the E15 rules. However, he also called on the president to end waivers from the renewable fuel standard for major oil refineries. Those waivers allow oil companies to skirt laws requiring them to avoid buying ethanol produced in Iowa and the Midwest.

The president did not weigh in on those waivers. The president did promise that new and better trade deals are on the way, including with China.

He told Iowa farmers that they are better off with the bailout payments the government is giving them than they were with previous trade deals with China.

Listen to his full speech below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Protest, Supporters Show up for President Trump’s Visit to Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Donald Trump visited an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs Tuesday.

Trump landed at Offutt Air Base near Omaha, so that meant a short car ride to the venue. He passed through the town of Bellevue, where people waved from along the streets. Some people were also waiting in a designated protest area, a half mile from the venue he was speaking.

There was one giant protest sign against the president, saying “Thanks for Nothing Mr. President.” It was paid for by the One Country Project.

“I’m the CEO of Legion Digital Outdoor. We do advertising for both businesses and political groups all around the country,” said Jerry Teeter, who owns the digital sign company based out of Bellevue, Nebraska. He added that he has promoted political candidates from the Republican side as well.

Some people turned out on the streets of Bellevue to encourage the president.

“Just border security, just by himself he’s done a pretty good job of getting something rolling on it,” said Linda from Nebraska. “ It’s for everybody’s safety for the kids coming here and everybody.”

You can listen to the full speech Trump delivered at the ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, where he highlighted his economic policies and his administration’s recent decision to allow E15 ethanol to be sold year-round in the U.S.

Biden Explains Flip on Abortion, Deals with Heckler at Ottumwa Rally

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate from Delaware, told Channel 13 that restrictions to abortions occurring at states across the country compelled him to change his long-held support of the federal Hyde Amendment that prohibited taxpayer dollars for most abortions. 

“It’s a legitimate criticism for them to look at,” Biden said of activists who are concerned that Biden changed his position for political gain.

As recently as last Wednesday, Biden’s campaign reaffirmed his position for the Hyde Amendment. But following a backlash from other presidential candidates and activists, Biden changed his position the next day and said that he now opposes the amendment.

Biden said the switch doesn’t benefit him politically because most Americans support the amendment. “So the idea that this would be helpful to change is not accurate to be able to win an election,” he explained.

That could be true in the general election. But in the primary election, Biden’s new position could bring him into line with more Democratic activists. 

Biden said since some states are working to further reduce women’s access to abortions and he realized the Hyde Amendment would leave some women no ability to have an abortion.

During his rally, Tim Stocking from Memphis, Tennessee, interrupted Biden by shouting, “What are you going to do about killing babies?”

Biden said that he would talk to the man after the event to address his comments. The Des Moines Register reported that the two men did meet. 

Trump, Biden Return to Iowa Tuesday

IOWA — There were only four of the 23 presidential candidates missing from the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner Sunday. One of those four will have the stage to himself in Iowa Tuesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will hold a rally Tuesday over the lunch hour at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa. It is just Biden’s second visit to Iowa since announcing his campaign. Biden is still the clear frontrunner, according to a Des Moines Register poll released on Saturday.

While Biden is on one side of the state, President Donald Trump will be on the other. The president will make two stops in Iowa on Tuesday.

He will begin his day in Council Bluffs, where he will tour an ethanol plant. He will then head to West Des Moines, where he will take part in a Republican Party fundraiser in the evening.

Channel 13 will have complete coverage from both stops on Tuesday.

With Biden and Trump on Their Way to Iowa, Other Candidates Make Their Case

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Democrats were hoping Monday that they left a lasting impression on activists over the weekend. The weekend provided two big opportunities to stand in front of the curious.

“It was a phenomenal opportunity. I got to introduce myself to hundreds of thousands more islands and probably never heard me speak,” said Andrew Yang, the New York entrepreneur and presidential candidate.

Yang and 19 others spoke Sunday at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration. 

Saturday, nine candidates met with people at the Capital City Pride Fest in Des Moines. 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, another candidate, figures that Iowans are only now paying attention, since it’s nearly eight months until the Iowa Caucuses. He said, “I think you were starting to see people begin, just being in, to focus on this potential. And I’m excited because there is a great well open minds. Democrats are looking for in a candidate that they think create a vision of defeating climate change. I have a vision of how to do that.”

The idea is to find a way to stand out, said U.S. Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio. “You create a buzz within a couple of days. That’s how you get a fire going,” he said.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, California, said she finds campaigning in the state a mutual benefit. “I have benefited from the conversations and from listening to Iowans as much as I talk.”

Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost a U.S. Senate race in Texas to Republican Ted Cruz, said he is talking to Iowans about the need to find a candidate, like himself, who can win over Republicans, too.  “It’s going to take that kind of movement to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. It’s going to take that kind of movement to bring the country together again in 2021,” he said.

California author Marianne Williamson who recently temporarily moved to Des Moines said she warns Iowans of where the country has gone in the wrong direction. She said, “Where we have deviated from our deep democratic principles, where we are not performing as our government of the people by the people and for the people. We are performing as a government of the few of the people buy a few of the people for a few other people.”

Dem Presidential Hopefuls Continue Campaign Sweep of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Several Democratic presidential candidates are continuing their weekend visits to Iowa this Monday.

Montana governor Steve Bullock started his day with a meet and greet in Jefferson. Supporters introduced him saying Montana is 18 hours away but has similarities to Iowa including its rural landscape.

Bullock talked about the economy, environmental regulations, and the political divide.

“So that’s why we got to beat Donald Trump, but we also have to make sure we figure out a way to get our economy and democracy working for all of us, and I think that’s why in part why there is such great enthusiasm…not just here, but all across the state and all across the country,” Bullock said.

Beto O’Rourke also remained in Iowa Monday. During a town hall in Clinton, people crowded into a classroom to hear the former congressman from Texas speak.

O’Rourke brought his wife Amy along to speak, she said Iowa looked nothing like she imagined but called it beautiful.

O’Rourke talked about the concerns he’s hearing at Iowa events including mental health, the environment, education, and the future generation.

“Looking into Amy’s eyes and thinking about our three kids, I don’t want to face their judgment, instead I want them to be proud of the people of 2019 and 2020. At this moment that our democracy was so badly damaged, this country so highly polarized and divided, we decided we’re going to bring every person into the solution,” said O’Rourke.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was also on the eastern side of the state Monday morning. She toured an ethanol facility in Dyersville.

‘When I Decide is When I Decide,’ Iowa Man Says When 19 Presidential Candidates Show Up in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Josh Murphy just doesn’t want to rush. Why should he? He still has eight more months before Iowans will gather for the caucuses as the first state to pick a Democratic presidential nominee. So he is taking his time.

“When I decide is when I decide,” Murphy, of Cedar Rapids,  said Sunday as 1,500 activists gathered for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration at the Cedar Rapids convention center.

The event was like nothing Democrats have seen before in Iowa. There are 23 candidates running for president and 19 of them showed up for this event.

They each received five minutes to make their case on why they should eventually become the party’s choice to take on President Donald Trump, a Republican, in 2020.

Watch the 19 candidate speeches here. 

Watch Dave Price’s interview with Pete Buttigieg on this week’s The Insiders here. 

Susan Moore, of Cedar Rapids, carried three signs for candidates that attracted her interest: Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. “I’m just trying to fit in as much as I can today see what I like the best,” she said.

Sunday capped an unusually busy weekend for activists in the state. On Saturday, nine candidates mingled with the crowd for Capital City Pride Fest in Des Moines.