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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL)- Former Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Hall of Fame ceremony.

This year's program was held virtually. The presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee spoke in a pre-recorded video.

"The stakes have never been higher," Biden said. "We need to stand up as a nation to stand with workers to stand with every person who's ever been knocked down counted out or left behind."

Both Biden and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack spoke of the battle for the country's "soul."

"I don't think there's a better person at this point in time, to help save the soul of America, and to restore our democracy than Joe Biden," Vilsack said.

Biden said the country needs "real leadership" now. He pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic as an example of the President's failed leadership.

"Today we're dealing with multiple national crises and all at once," he said. "Now, we need leadership to recognize real threat of this pandemic and doesn't just wave a white flag of surrender, like the President."

Biden's virtual appearance in the Hawkeye state came as the country marked 100 days until voters go to the polls on November 3.

"We need to lead deliver meaningful change for the millions of people who are hurting all across this nation," Biden said.

In a statement Sunday night, RNC spokesperson Preya Samsundar said Biden's plan will be bad for Iowa.

“With policies that will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, raise taxes on middle-class families, and destroy Iowa’s expansive agriculture industry," Samsundar said. "No amount of hiding in his basement will spare Joe Biden from the ire of Iowa voters."

Biden told Iowa Democrats November's elections is the most consequential election of our lifetime.

"Our children are counting on us and I know we can do this," he said. "We're going to do everything we can to make sure democrats win, up and down the ballot all across Iowa this November."

Daniel Perreault

Reporter

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