Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez

Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign said it had attracted large crowds to its rallies in Iowa featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (D-N.Y.) over the weekend.

Sanders is mired in a four-way race in Iowa; according to the latest Quinnipiac University survey, he is statistically tied with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE.

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Sanders estimated more than 6,500 people joined him and Ocasio-Cortez at three events in Iowa over Friday and Saturday, the first time the two have campaigned together in the state. 

“Woah! In just 24 hours, over 6,500 people joined us in Coralville, in Council Bluffs and for our Climate Crisis Summit in Des Moines,” he tweeted Sunday. “We are going to win because we are bringing working people, young people and poor people across Iowa and this nation into the political process.” 

 

 

Sanders's tweet came after his Iowa deputy state director, Bill Neidhardt, tweeted that more than 2,400 people came to a rally held by the two progressive firebrands in Council Bluffs on Friday, calling it "the largest rally in Iowa of any candidate."

 

 

Neidhardt also estimated that more than 2,000 people attended rallies in Coralville and Des Moines.

During her first visit to Iowa of the 2020 cycle, Ocasio-Cortez also knocked on doors and spoke to Iowa voters. She tweeted that it gave her "an understanding of how people are thinking about issues."

 

 

Ocasio-Cortez, the firebrand freshman who ousted a longtime Democratic incumbent last year, formally endorsed Sanders in the 2020 race during a rally in her Queens district. Sanders estimated then that more than 25,000 people attended the New York rally.  

The campaign later released a 30-second digital spot in Iowa touting the rising progressive star’s endorsement.