Ashley Biden To Join Porter, Buttigieg At Iowa Corn Feed This Week

Biden photo via WH Youtube

By Pat Rynard

August 31, 2020

Ashley Biden, the daughter of Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, will rally Iowa activists virtually this Wednesday at Progress Iowa’s annual Corn Feed event. She will add to a speaker lineup well-known to Democratic and progressive activists in the state, joining Congresswoman Katie Porter and former mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Though Biden’s two sons are much better known to the public, Ashley Biden has been on campaign trail recently for her father. She spoke at the DNC to introduce her mother, Jill.

“I’m excited to hit the campaign trail this cycle on behalf of my father, Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, and Democrats up and down the ballot,” Biden said in a release. “I’m looking forward to speaking at this year’s Progress Iowa Corn Feed. Grassroots activism will make the difference this fall, and it’s so important that every one of us steps up to do all we can these last few months of the campaign. I encourage everyone to visit to ensure your voter registration status, register to vote and develop a plan to vote.”

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Ashley Biden’s life has largely centered on nonprofit and public service work. A recent profile of her in Elle Magazine describes her work on animal rights issues and how she started her own “civically-minded” fashion design line.

The keynote address at the Corn Feed will be given by Porter, an Iowa native who has become a nationally-known member of Congress for her advocacy of consumer protection laws. Buttigieg will welcome the virtual crowd — one of his first major forays into Iowa politics was at the 2017 Corn Feed.

This is Progress Iowa’s 6th annual Corn Feed event, which has grown over the years while being held in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. Buttigieg was one of many presidential candidates at their 2019 Cedar Rapids event that helped the group draw a record crowd.

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Also speaking at the event is Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer, Dave Loebsack, Theresa Greenfield, Rita Hart and J.D. Scholten. A voting rights panel will also gather to discuss, among other things, recent efforts by Republicans to undermine access to the ballot box in Iowa. State Rep. Ras Smith, Jason Kander, End Citizens United’s Tiffany Muller, and Ben Jealous, President of People for the American Way, will join for that discussion.

The event will be held this Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. You can RSVP for it here.


by Pat Rynard
Posted 8/31/20

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  • Pat Rynard

    Pat Rynard founded Iowa Starting Line in 2015. He is now Courier Newsroom's National Political Editor, where he oversees political reporters across the country. He still keeps a close eye on Iowa politics, his dog's name is Frank, and football season is his favorite time of year.

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