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Tom and Christie Vilsack Endorse Joe Biden for President

Clay Masters
Tom and Christie Vilsack appeared at an event in Des Moines's East Village neighborhood with Joe Biden after endorsing him.

Two-term Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Saturday. Vilsack, who served as President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, has been very active in advising other presidential campaigns this cycle.

Vilsack told a crowd gathered at an event space in Des Moines’s East Village neighborhood that the next president must have the right combination of experience and personal relationships with leaders of both parties to bring the country together.

Vilsack says Biden has the best shot at beating President Trump.

“That’s the one thing and maybe the only thing I agree with President Trump,” Vilsack said to laughs from the audience. “He obviously thinks Joe is the most difficult guy to beat!”

Vilsack and his wife, Christie, announced their support together. Biden told the crowd it’s an honor.

“I believe particularly with the endorsement of the Vilsacks that we’re going to win the caucus on February third,” Biden said.

Kathy Lien came to the event. She’s a retired elementary school teacher from Davenport.

“I think [the endorsement] is going to carry enormous weight among the Democratic Party in this state,” Lien said. “He was a wonderful governor and Christie was such an advocate for education.”

The most recent Iowa Poll shows Pete Buttigieg leading the pack in Iowa with Biden, Warren and Sanders trailing him.

Clay Masters is the senior politics reporter for MPR News.