Sanders to campaign in Iowa with former aide next week

Sanders to campaign in Iowa with former aide next week
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders mocks Trump: ‘He could change his mind tomorrow’ Sunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE (I-Vt.) will head to Iowa this month to campaign with a former presidential campaign aide who is running for Congress. 

Sanders will headline a Feb. 23 event in Des Moines for Iowa's 3rd District Democratic candidate Pete D’Alessandro, who worked as his adviser during the Iowa caucus in 2016.

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“Bernie knows that we need bold, progressive leaders in Congress if we’re going to change the direction of our country,” D’Alessandro said in a statement to the Des Moines Register.

“That’s why I’m proudly supporting Medicare for All, a $15/hour living wage, and free college tuition for those who work hard. We can take our country back and continue the movement Bernie started here in 2016," he continued. 

The visit marks Sanders's first trip to Iowa this year and is likely to spark speculation about a potential 2020 presidential run. 

Sanders narrowly lost the state's caucus to eventual Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House protests extend into sixth day despite rain Clinton: US is 'losing friends and allies' under Trump Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide MORE in 2016.  

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