Photos: Candidates visit Independence Iowa (07/04/2019)

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  • A Buchanan County Republican's Float passes by the Wapsie Valley Creamery in Independence, Iowa during the annual 4th of July parade. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer talks with reporters before the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Members of the press focus their cameras on Former Vice President Joe Biden before the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Gillian Millard holds her father's hand during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. The Millards come from Trinidad, Colorado to visit with family and watch the parade.

  • Crowds gather during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Boy scouts carry the flag during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • A reporter asks former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke a question before he marched in the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Beto supporters gather during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Dick Svoboda waves from the seat of his Farmall tractor before pulling a float for the Buchanan County Republicans for the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Crowds gather during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Vintage Auto Shrine Member Bruce Herbert sits atop his vehicle before the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Karen Crawford sits with her grandson Landon in their parade float during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. The Crawfords have participated in the parade for 4 years and brought with them 900 beaded necklaces and 54 bags of candy.

  • Pat Taylor, Margaret Damgy, and Jeannette Hoth wait for the beginning of the annual 4th of July parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Laree Randall takes a selfie with Former Vice President Joe Biden during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were also in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • The Independence school marching band leads the parade during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio waves an American flag during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke were also in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to crowd members before the annual 4th of July Parade in Independence, Iowa. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

  • A woman bends to pick up candy during a 4th of July parade in Independence Iowa on July 4, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio were in attendance. This is the 159th 4th of July parade in Independence.

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