DES MOINES, Iowa – Attorney General of Iowa Tom Miller announced on Monday morning that he endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for 2020 Iowa Caucus that will be held in exactly three weeks on Monday, February 3, 2020. Miller, 75, is the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history currently serving his 10th term.
Biden adds his endorsement to a list of 200 Iowa Democrats who have announced their support of the 77-year-old candidate who served two terms as Vice President under President Barack Obama. Those supporting Biden include U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Governor Tom Vilsack, and former First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack. Biden recently announced the support of State Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, D-Cedar Rapids, Rev. Rob Johnson of Corinthian Baptist Church in Des Moines, and Davenport Mayor Mike Matson.
“I’m supporting Joe Biden for many reasons – but most importantly, I know to my core that Joe is a man of integrity and character. Through both personal tragedy and a lifetime service to our country, Joe has always been guided by his profound empathy, a basic sense of decency, and the willingness to do the right thing – even if it might not be popular,” he said in a released statement.
“Joe has been on the right side of so many good fights – writing and passing the Violence Against Women Act, banning assault weapons, and increasing funding for cancer research. As Barack Obama’s vice president, Joe was a loyal partner and was integral to passing the Affordable Care Act, saving lives here in Iowa and across the country. Joe has a plan to build on that monumental law with a Medicare-like public option, bringing down costs and making sure everybody has access to quality, affordable health care,” Miller added.
“Joe is the only candidate in this race who has been in the Situation Room and made the tough choices a president must make. Joe helped unite the world around the Paris Climate Agreement, and has always demonstrated respected, dignified leadership on the world stage. President Obama trusted Joe’s judgment – and I do, too,” he stated.
“But we all know that the most important thing in this election is beating Donald Trump. Joe has demonstrated an ability to build a broad, diverse, and winning coalition. I’ve known Joe for more than 30 years – he has the strength and character to win this race. Beating Donald Trump starts right here in Iowa, and I hope you’ll join me in Joe’s corner on caucus night,” Miller concluded.
According to Real Clear Politics’ poll average, Biden is running third in Iowa in a close four-way race. The last Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa Poll has Biden in fourth place at 15 percent. The last CBS/YouGov poll shows Biden tied for first place with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 23 percent.