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 TlaibSanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (D-Mich.), one of the most prominent progressives in the House, will join presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report 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 Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running Press: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Mass.). Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Trump celebrates resignation of Bolivia's president Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' 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.