Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, kicked off their "No Malarkey" tour in Council Bluffs on Saturday, emphasizing that the Iowa caucuses were only 65 days away.
The rally was held in the parking lot across from Buck Snort on 25 Scott St., where many Biden supporters braved the cool, windy weather to attend.
“How was Thanksgiving, good? It was great for the Bidens,” Jill Biden told the crowd.
She spoke on the importance of the Iowa caucuses and what a Biden presidency could mean.
She said his presidency would mean universal prekindergarten, raises for teachers and investment in green technology, including wind energy.
The U.S. wouldn’t be on the brink of an “ill-advised war,” she said.
If elected, the former vice president will work to add a public option to the Affordable Care Act, bring down drug prices and fight the National Rifle Association “to keep schools and children safe,” Jill Biden said.
“It starts with you, it starts with Iowa,” she said.
“Sixty-five days means there is no more time for indecision, so if you’re on the fence — the one or two of you that are out there — I want you to come talk to me,” she said. “Give me your questions and let me tell you why Joe Biden would be the best president ever.”
Joe Biden stepped up to the microphone to a cheering crowd after his wife’s speech.
“I gotta tell you, it’s worth the trip just to hear her,” he said.
The candidate talked about lowering emissions, shaping the values of the country, strengthening the middle class, and making farmers and ranchers a higher priority.
The 660-mile “No Malarkey” tour will take Biden to 18 counties in Iowa, including rural areas of the state, he said.
“It’s aptly named ‘No Malarkey’ because (President Donald Trump) is all lies," Biden said. "I wanted to make sure there’s a contrast in what we were talking about there.
“Folks, we can overcome four years of Donald Trump with a whole lot of hard work and a lot of help from all of you, but eight years of Donald Trump would literally begin to change the character of this nation. We cannot let that happen.”