Trump and Biden pull no punches as they face off in Iowa

Sky's Amanda Walker looks at what the presidential candidates are saying about each other as they give speeches in the same state.

In the battle of the pugilists vs pragmatists, Joe Biden is spoiling for a fight.

Trump and Biden pull:President Trump and Biden are top contenders in their respective presidential nominee races and are both gave speeches in Iowa on Tuesday night.

Despite hosting speeches in the same state, they did not come within 100 miles of each other, but have already been exchanging blows.

Joe Biden has been speaking in Iowa today
Image:Joe Biden spoke in Iowa on Tuesday

Of all the Democratic hopefuls, the septuagenarian former vice-president is going after President Trump with the most vigour – calling him unfit for office.

And Trump isn’t pulling any punches either, brandishing Biden “mentally weak” and a “loser” and adding: “I call him one per cent Joe.”

The key argument of Biden’s campaign is that he is the best candidate to take on Trump – and now he has to prove it.

The tiny Hawkeye state is important, of course, because it is the first state where an election ballot is cast.

It gives a strong indication of whether a candidate’s support is holding up.

As Trump likes to remind everyone, he won Iowa in 2016 – largely with the support of its farmers.

President Trump speaks at a rally in Iowa in 2018
Image:President Trump addresses a rally in Iowa in 2018

Trump will want to quash the support that Biden is pitching for from the soy and pork farmers who are suffering during the president’s trade war with China.

Biden is on a two-day trip to the state, and in his keynote speech he hammered Trump on everything from his character to healthcare, trade and climate change.

Trump swiped back at Biden when he spoke at a Republican Party fundraiser, claiming “people don’t respect him”.

But the president has signalled anxiety about Biden.

He knows he also poses a threat to his support from union voters – a crucial group for Trump’s bid for a second term.

Biden is pitching hard to blue collar workers across states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that were crucial to Trump’s victory.

Trump also knows that Biden has what most other Democratic contenders do not – name recognition and a record. 36 years as a US senator. Eight as Barack Obama’s vice-president.

President Trump speaks to reporters before heading off to Iowa
Image:President Trump-Trump and Biden pull

But history can be a heavy burden.

Biden has recently been accused of flip-flopping on abortion issues and he has been dogged by the 1994 crime bill which he helped write.

It is widely seen as the reason for America’s mass incarceration.

The pressure is on for Biden to come up with fresh bold policy ideas.

He’ll need more than his name to sustain him through a long and brutal election campaign.

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