Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be in Iowa on Friday to campaign for Demoractive Presidential candidate Joe Biden as part of his “We Know Joe” bus tour.
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Atlanta mayor to campaign in Iowa for Joe Biden

UPDATE: This story has been updated with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ new travel plans. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be in Iowa Friday to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as part of his “We Know Joe” bus tour.

The tour kicked off Tuesday in Sioux City and will visit 20 key Iowa counties. On Friday, Bottoms will travel to Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City, according to an updated news release from Biden’s campaign.

“We don’t have to look any farther than Iran to see that elections have consequences, and this presidential election is the most consequential of my lifetime,” Bottoms said in a statement. “That’s why above all, I’m going to Iowa as a concerned citizen to make sure that we elect someone of principle and moral character to lead our nation.”

Earlier this year, Bottoms endorsed the former vice president telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she had a “tremendous amount of respect and regard for him,” and called him the strongest candidate to beat President Donald Trump.

Since her endorsement, Bottoms has campaigned for Biden in South Carolina and Texas. 

Atlanta’s mayor has played a prominent role in Biden’s campaign, emerging as a top supporter who might sway black voters. Last year, more than two dozen black state legislators endorsed Biden. Bottoms’ predecessor, Kasim Reed, was once considered a rising star on the national Democratic stage, having endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Biden’s Iowa bus tour includes several prominent supporters such as former Secretary of State John Kerry, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2004 and campaigned in Iowa with Biden in December.

“Iowans want to make sure our nominee can assemble a diverse coalition that represents the Democratic Party and our country — and this bus tour showcases Joe’s unique ability to pull together a coalition that will defeat Donald Trump,” said Jake Braun, Iowa state director of Biden for President.

According to his campaign, Biden has endorsements from nearly 200 current and former Iowa elected officials, union leaders, teachers, veterans, community leaders, and Democratic Party activists.


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