Sanders announces Iowa campaign swing with AOC, Michael Moore

Sanders announces Iowa campaign swing with AOC, Michael Moore
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE (I-Vt.) and his surrogates are launching a 4-day campaign swing through Iowa ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation caucus in less than two weeks.

Sanders's campaign announced Thursday that the senator would join top campaign surrogates Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez defends Sanders running as a Democrat: It's 'more than what you call yourself' House Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Company to provide free clothing to any female candidate MORE (D-N.Y.) and filmmaker Michael Moore at a rally in Ames on Saturday night featuring rock group Portugal. The Man.

The candidate will then join other surrogates at events on Sunday as part of the campaign's multiday barnstorm of the Hawkeye State culminating in a Sunday night event at the Sioux City Convention Center.

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Sanders has been in Washington, D.C., during the past several days for the start of the Senate's impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE, which requires senators to be in attendance during the day six days a week.

Sanders's campaign was forced to cancel a rally it had scheduled earlier this week due to the trial.

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanUSDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid 2020 Democratic hopefuls focus on Iowa while making final pitches Sanders endorses 9 progressive House candidates MORE (D-Wis.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who recently endorsed Sanders alongside another key House progressive, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBand Portugal. The Man to join Sanders at campaign event in Tacoma Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements House Democrats' immigration bill would use tax dollars to import crime to America MORE (D-Wash.), is also expected to join the senator and others on Saturday for a town hall in Cedar Falls, according to his campaign.

Sanders remains near the top of most polls of Iowa and on top of the pack in New Hampshire, which will hold its primary Feb. 11, a week after the Iowa caucuses. Sanders is battling other top-polling candidates in the Granite State including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE (D) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day What to watch in the debate tonight MORE (D).

A national poll of the Democratic field released by CNN on Wednesday found Sanders as the top pick among Democrats, with Biden trailing by just 3 points, while Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll MORE (D-Mass.) have seen their support drop in recent weeks.

The campaign swing this weekend is Pocan's first time joining Sanders on the trail, while both Ocasio-Cortez and Moore have stumped for Sanders on the road before. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders last year following his heart attack and also volunteered on his 2016 campaign.