Vice President Kamala Harris is slated to make her very first trip out to Iowa since taking up the role of her office.
The White House has announced that Harris is slated to meet up with a number of local leaders to talk about reproductive rights during her Thursday trip out to Des Moines — an extension of her previously announced nationwide trip in the wake of the Supreme Court electing to overturn Roe v. Wade last summer, which ended up leaving the decisions regarding abortion restrictions to the states.
Kamala Harris will travel to Iowa for 1st time as @VP. Her office says she “will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to meet with local leaders to discuss the fight to protect reproductive rights” on Thursday.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) March 14, 2023
The act of abortion still sits as legal throughout the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in the state of Iowa, but there has been a number of efforts made by Republicans seeking to restrict access to it further.
Despite the trip being marked as one being taken for the sole purpose of carrying out official business, the election cycle to get going, and early-voting Iowa is already attracting current or prospective Republican candidates — these include former President Donald Trump, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Democrats over the past few months have made the move over to South Carolina, known to be a key state which assist Biden to the nomination from the party in 2020, to replace Iowa as its first presidential nominating state in 2024.
The choice ended up leading to serious backlash by Rita Hart, the Chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, who warned that such a move will end up making Democrats more vulnerable to claims that they have “turned their back on Iowa and rural America,”
As reported by CNN, which ended up being the first outlet to publically report the plans from Harris to pay a visit out to Iowa, President Joe Biden has managed to avoid the state ever since he put forth the idea about the proposed revised schedule for presidential primaries.
Biden claimed that he does intend to run for re-election in 2024, but has yet to make a formal announcement of his campaign.
As for his plans for a running mate, just a bit over one year ago, Biden claimed he was entirely committed to Harris in 2024 if he chose to go for a second term in the office.