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Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit

Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries MORE (D-Mich.), one of the most prominent progressives in the House, will join presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) at a rally in Detroit this weekend, Sanders’ presidential campaign announced Tuesday.

The Sanders campaign said the two lawmakers will be joined Sunday “by local leaders and activists fighting for economic, environmental and racial justice, and against the corporate assault on working families across America.”

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Tlaib, a member of the group of four progressive freshman lawmakers known as “the squad,” is anticipated to announce her endorsement for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks to fortify his left flank against a surging Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (D-Mass.). Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D-Minn.), two other “squad” members, have already endorsed Sanders.

“Proud to endorse @SenSanders for President, glad that @AOC and @RashidaTlaib are on board too. It’s time,” Omar tweeted last week.

Tlaib’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill as to whether she intends to announce her endorsement at Sunday’s rally.

The appearance with Tlaib shortly after last weekend’s New York City rally with Ocasio-Cortez could help give Sanders a shot in the arm as sliding poll numbers and a heart attack spark questions about his campaign’s viability. Warren has also worked to take a bite out of Sanders's progressive support in recent months, surging in the polls while rolling out similar proposals with in-depth explanations. 

Sanders’ campaign used the rally with Ocasio-Cortez to try to put those concerns to bed and reenergize his supporters. 

"I'm here to tell you Bernie's back," Sanders’ wife, Jane, said at the start of the rally. "He's healthy. He's more than ready to continue his lifelong struggle to fight for the working people of America."

"The only heart attack we should be talking about is the one Wall Street is going to have when Bernie Sanders is president of the United States," liberal filmmaker Michael Moore added. 

Despite the campaign’s recent hiccups, Sanders still polls in the top three of most national and statewide surveys and remains a fundraising juggernaut, raising $25.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, the most of any candidate.