The power to change the country's leadership was part of the message former Vice President Joe Biden spread Tuesday night during a stop in Cedar Rapids. Biden was in eastern Iowa to campaign in the final week for two Iowa Democrats.
Those two Democrats, Abby Finkenauer and Fred Hubbell, both also spoke at the event. Hubbell is challenging incumbent Republican Kim Reynolds in the race for governor, and Finkenauer is hoping to top Republican Congressman Rod Blum to represent Iowa's First Congressional District.
Biden focused a lot of his speech on improving the country's values. He started off his speech by condemning the recent mass shootings that have happened across the country. Biden also mentioned the explosive devices mailed to high profile Democrats. He was one of the intended recipients.
He says America needs to focus on treating people with decency, no matter their background. Biden accused Republicans of putting their party over the country. Biden also touched on making healthcare affordable and making sure people with pre-existing conditions get coverage.
He says Iowans want good people in office.
“We need more women and men of character like Fred and Abby, because what they really do have is they have character. They're decent. They're honorable,” said Biden. “Folks, I think we all know in our gut, there's something different about this election. For real."
TV9 asked Lt. Governor Adam Gregg Monday about Biden's visit.
"It's clear the Democrats' message of raising taxes on Iowans to support even more government spending has fallen completely flat,” he said. “So they've called in Joe Biden to come in and try to save the day and pump some life into these campaigns, but I think at the end of the day, their message will continue to fall flat."