ALEXANDRA JAFFE and BILL BARROW
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's eight-day bus tour across Iowa comes with a message: Reports of his demise in the nation's first presidential caucus state have been greatly exaggerated.
Biden's aides acknowledge that he must sharpen his pitch before the Feb. 3 caucuses that launch Democrats' 2020 voting. Yet the former vice president's advisers reject any characterization of the 18-county swing that was beginning Saturday as a campaign reset, even with polls showing that Biden's standing in Iowa has slipped in recent months.
They frame the extended trip as an effort to demonstrate wide appeal and harden support across a Democratic electorate whose top priority is defeating President Donald Trump. Conversations with advisers and su