MSNBC Anchor: Everyone's Drawing Huge Crowds in Iowa Except Biden

January 27, 2020

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur on Monday said former vice president Joe Biden's lackluster campaign events in Iowa do not bode well for his chances in next week's caucus.

"Biden and [former South Bend mayor Pete] Buttigieg have basically had this state to themselves along with Yang and a couple others," Tur said, noting that the senators in the race are in Washington, D.C., for the impeachment trial. "Why is Buttigieg starting to surge and Biden not surging? What is going on with his support?"

Tur said Biden's numbers were paltry compared with other contenders in Iowa, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

"Over the weekend Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg all got over a thousand people at rallies, Biden got a couple hundred," Tur said. "What does that mean for his support going forward?"

Tur argued that even Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), who is far behind Biden and others in the polls, drew more enthusiasm at rallies than the former vice president.

"You can hear the excitement from the crowds from Warren, from Sanders, from Klobuchar, and from Buttigieg. And then you hear Biden's crowd and it's just him, it's just his voice."

Tur also compared the size of President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies in Iowa to that of Biden's, saying turnout for Trump's events should be a concern for Democrats in general.

"As these candidates are getting a couple hundred, sometimes a thousand people, [Trump] is gonna fly in here, and if past is precedent, get 5,000, 10,000 people here in Des Moines," Tur said. "What does that say about the Democrats' chances in November when Donald Trump is drawing crowds that are that big and the Democrats are not?"