DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg will bomb Iowa before the state starts the party nominations contest on February 3, while its main rivals will not be able to campaign because they must sit as members of the jury of the Senate. in the impeachment trial of Republican President Donald Trump.
Biden and Buttigieg aides, locked in a four-way battle with US senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, did not comment on the unprecedented advantage that the Senate trial next week presents.
However, the recently published schedules reveal an intense momentum on the ground by both candidates in the final stretch in Iowa, while Sanders, Warren and another senator, Amy Klobuchar, will miss most of the remaining campaign days to participate. at the political trial, which is expected to begin on Tuesday.
A senior assistant to former Vice President Biden, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the campaign has not recalibrated his Iowa strategy due to the Senate trial.
But his number one priority is to make Biden talk to as many voters as possible in Iowa in the last few days of what polls suggest is a virtual tie between the four.
Biden heads to Iowa on Friday and will spend almost every day between then and the February 3 committees in the state, the aide said. Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, who has been campaigning hard on behalf of her husband in Iowa and other early voting states, will also spend much of the last 18 days in the state.
Meanwhile, the Buttigieg campaign announced a series of events with the candidate covering the state next week. Only on Monday, he will hold seven events at the town hall with the voters, and the eighth on Tuesday.
Businessman Andrew Yang, who is not one of the main contenders in Iowa, announced on Wednesday a 17-day bus tour across the state starting this weekend.
TRAVELERS OF SUPPORTERS, FAMILY AND WEEKEND
Undoubtedly, Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are not yielding to Iowa. They plan to campaign there during the last three weekends and will depend on the representatives traveling through the state during the weekdays when the Senate trial is in session.
The Warren campaign has said they are considering remote appearances and events organized by key or family supporters.
Sanders is weighing weekend trips and remote appearances at Iowa events. Members of the US Congress. UU. And his companions of the liberal fire brands Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are among the possible supporters that Sanders can use instead, his campaign said.
Klobuchar, who culminated an increase in Iowa polls with another strong television debate on Tuesday night, will also take advantage of representatives like her husband, she said.
The three senators also hope that they can also increase their visibility if Senate political trial procedures are widely seen on national television.
Dennis Goldford, an expert on the Iowa committees and professor of political science at Drake University, where Tuesday’s debate was held, said the three senators are at a disadvantage, but not paralyzing, because they are already well known.
“But if there is a pen on the scale, that can make a difference in a closed race.” This is a closed race, ”Goldford said.
Tom Miller, the long-standing general lawyer in Iowa who backed Biden this week, said he plans to campaign with Biden and hold his own events. He has also been calling on the undecided iowanos to defend the Biden case.
He said he and the campaign don’t seem to be taking advantage of the senators’ absence.
“It is going to make them a little difficult, but they will still be out there, they will still have their organizations, and maybe people will work a little harder to compensate,” Miller said.
Reports by Tim Reid and Michael Martina; Additional reports by Amanda Becker and Simon Lewis; Soyoung Kim and Cynthia Osterman edition