Exclusive: Key Iowa Biden Backers Get Personal Invites to See Pope Francis With Vice President

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An influential Iowan working to encourage Vice President Joe Biden to run for President got a personal invitation to travel to Washington, D.C., to witness Pope Francis’ historic visit, according to a Democratic source.

Kevin McCarthy, a former Democratic house majority leader, has been close to Biden for nearly a decade. McCarthy served as Biden’s state chairman in 2008. But these days McCarthy is the co-chairman of the Draft Biden super PAC in Iowa.

So McCarthy’s personal invitation from the Vice President’s office to be a special guest to see the Pope with Biden is sure to raise speculation Biden wants McCarthy’s counsel as he considers a third run for President.

McCarthy has not immediately responded for a request to comment on his D.C. trip or his plans while he is there for the Pope.

But last week on Channel 13’s “The Insiders” he explained why he thinks there’s a path for Biden in the Democratic race.

While McCarthy believes in Biden — even though Biden’s first two presidential runs were unsuccessful — he hasn’t oversold the chances of a third Biden run.

McCarthy isn’t the only Iowan with some V.P. V.I.P. attention. The Democratic source says Teri Goodmann, a longtime Biden supporter from Dubuque, also made the trip to see the Pope. Goodmann is the other co-chair of the Draft Biden in Iowa superPAC.

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