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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 TlaibOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Kamala Harris's facial expressions during debate go viral MORE (D-Mich.), one of the most prominent progressives in the House, will join presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Mass.). Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarVeterans launch pro-law enforcement super PAC with battlegrounds ad buys Kamala Harris and the stereotypes we place on Black women Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair 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.