Joe Biden mocked for 'no malarkey' campaign pledge

Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden launched an eight-day, eight hundred mile blitz through the state of Iowa this weekend.

Public opinion polls show Biden's one-time double-digit lead in Iowa has disappeared, and he is now fighting U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and a fast-rising Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. "And there is no way, and no reason that the nominee of this party should be decided before Nevada and SC vote", a senior Biden official told reporters on a call in September.But while the campaign has downplayed the importance of the state for overall victory, they haven't shied away from investing time or money there.Biden has spent more time in Iowa than any other state during his presidential run, holding more than 50 events during his 14 trips to the state. He also said that if he had done the same, he would have been harshly criticized.

"What we're referring here [is] my Irish ancestry, when my grandfather would really think something is full of you-know-what, he'd say, "that's a lot of malarkey", he explained to supporters yesterday.

Buttigieg has also said he supports what he calls "Medicare for all who want it" and also supports the public option that Biden wishes to add.


He's hoping a relentless schedule and personal touch can help him reclaim support among Democrats in the first state to hold a nominating contest. Both are pushing for a government-backed Medicare for All system that would provide federal health insurance coverage for all Americans based on the government-run Medicare program for Americans 65 and older.

Asked about the mayor by reporters on Sunday, Biden said: "Anything I say about Pete will be taken as being a criticism or a negative about Pete, and I don't have any negative feelings about Pete at all".

Buttigieg is expected back in Iowa to campaign on Friday.

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