From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The focus of Biden Campaign Manager Luis Navarro's new strategy memo is Iowa -- and Richardson, who is mentioned twice in the memo.
Navarro prominently excerpts from Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen: "The Iowa Poll shows [Biden] gaining support, while Bill Richardson is slipping." In the latest Register poll, Biden was at 5 percent (up from 3 a month earlier) in the latest Iowa poll and Richardson at 8% (down from 10). Navarro mentions Richardson again later, noting that Richardson's South Carolina campaign co-chair switched his support to Biden.
Also noted: that Biden has gotten the support of 11 state legislators in Iowa. Clinton and Obama have slightly more. To that end, Navarro writes, "The campaign has been engaged in a concerted and successful effort to engage and ultimately win the support of key state legislators."
Clearly, the campaign sees Biden's strength in his foreign policy credentials. Navarro closes the memo stressing that Biden is the candidate who can "best counter traditional GOP attacks against Democrats on national security and crime. Because no one doubts that Joe Biden is ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one."