Biden launches $4 million Iowa ad campaign

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

November 1, 2019: Joe Biden is airing new ads in Iowa focused on his Scranton upbringing. The House passed a resolution Thursday establishing procedures for the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

Daily Presidential News Briefing - Staffer Spotlight - Tim Hogan

Tim Hogan is a Democratic staffer and spokesman with experience in the early caucus state of Nevada. Hogan has worked as a congressional staffer for both Klobuchar and fellow 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D). He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science and government in 2008.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Hillary Clinton (D) presidential campaign, rapid response spokesman and primary/caucus communications director for Nevada, Arizona, and Kentucky
  • 2012 Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) U.S. House campaign, press secretary
  • 2011 Kate Marshall (D-Nev.) U.S. House campaign, press secretary
  • 2010 Nevada State Senate elections, Democratic caucus campaign manager

Other experience:

  • 2017-2019: The Hub Project, national press secretary
  • 2015: Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), senior communications advisor
  • 2013-2015: Office of Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), deputy chief of staff and communications director
  • 2011-2012: The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, digital director
  • 2010-2011: Nevada State Senate, Democratic caucus communications director
  • 2010: Earth Day Network, press assistant and outreach coordinator
  • 2009-2010: Office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), press intern?

Notable Quote of the Day

“CNN’s Harry Enten earlier this week said something pretty reasonable: ‘Seems well within the bounds of possibilities that Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg or Biden win IA and NH. All could finish fourth in both too. Crazy.’

My response? Any of them could finish as badly as seventh in Iowa. … Again, there’s a long history of dramatic late movement in Iowa and a consensus among pollsters that surveys for the caucuses are unusually challenging. So much so that the real surprise would be if things stayed stable until the end. After all, it’s not just the four current polling leaders who could wind up doing well. Harris wouldn’t be the first candidate to surge, collapse and then fully recover. Senator Amy Klobuchar is on something of a minor upswing; no one knows how many voters might jump to her if she moves up enough to look like one of the leaders. The same goes for Senator Cory Booker, who hasn’t had any recent polling success, but (like Klobuchar) has enough support from party actors that if he somehow starts moving he could attract serious resources, which would boost his polling, which would attract more resources, and so on.”

– Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg 



  • The Minnesota Republican Party sent a letter to the secretary of state listing its “determination of candidates” for the presidential primary ballot next March; only Donald Trump was listed.
  • The House passed a resolution Thursday establishing procedures for the impeachment inquiry into Trump, marking the first impeachment-related congressional vote. The 232-196 vote ran along party lines with no Republicans supporting the measure and two Democrats opposing it.
  • In an op-ed for USA TodayJoe Walsh wrote about Trump calling Never Trump Republicans “human scum” and compared it to Hillary Clinton calling some Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” in 2016.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: November 1, 2015

Ben Carson spoke about religion and creationism during a campaign event at one of Nashville’s largest churches.