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Vice President Harris Visits Mexico To Discuss "Root Causes" Of Southern Border Migration Spike

Kamala Harris
Jacquelyn Martin
Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, as she leaves Mexico City, on expected return to Washington after her first international trip as Vice President, with stops in Guatemala and Mexico City.

Does the governor appearing in a COVID-19 awareness video count as "self-promotion?"

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Rachel Paine Caufield and Chris Larimer for their analysis of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand's recent allegation that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds improperly used federal coronavirus aid dollars to raise her recognition among voters.

Kieffer, Caufield and Larimer also discuss Biden's ongoing negotiations for an infrastructure bill, the state's newly passed election legislation, Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to Mexico and Guatemala and former President Donald Trump's return to Republican politics over the weekend.


  • Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science, Drake University
  • Chris Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
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