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North Iowa man meets V.P. Biden at Harkin Steak Fry

A meeting of the minds, Vice President Joe Biden and Randy Black
A meeting of the minds, Vice President Joe Biden and Randy Black (Photo courtesy of Mr. Black.)

INDIANOLA, IOWA – Vice President Joe Biden was in Iowa Sunday, attending a fundraising event for Senator Tom Harkin.

Biden and Harkin were joined at the 36th annual Harkin Steak Fry by upcoming politician and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas Julián Castro.  The event is fundraiser for a political action committee (PAC) headed by Harkin and has highlighted possible Democratic candidates over the years.  For this event, the PAC asked for “contributions of up to $5,000 from individuals per calendar year to To Organize a Majority PAC.”

The event was held at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Indianola. A source indicated that thousands of people attended this year.

One of those in attendance was Mason City’s Randy Black, a local auctioneer and entrepreneur.

Mr. Black told Sunday evening about meeting the Vice President of the United States and what was most memorable to him.

“We talked about his numerous visits to Iowa,” Mr. Black said.  “We talked about our conversation in 2007 about why I love North Iowa. He loves Iowa and looks forward when he comes back when he gets a chance. We talked about the election on how many great candidates there was through the process. We talked about his wonderful wife Jill and one of his wonderful sons Beau.”

Mr. Black said he was glad Mr. Biden remembered him from their previous meeting several years ago.

“The cool part is the man is so good he remembered me, where I was from. Intelligent man.”

Describing this year’s event, Mr. Black said that the event “was awesome. Lots of folks from all over the state. About 7000 people attended this years event.  For Me it was a great annual event that I do every year.”

The accompanying photo with this story is courtesy of Mr. Black who said that “the picture is the most memorable” of his experience Sunday.


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