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 SandersJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee Trump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' Young voters backing Biden by 2:1 margin: poll 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-CortezThe Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Marjorie Taylor Greene over 'dumb blonde' joke on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez to voters: Tell McConnell 'he is playing with fire' with Ginsburg's seat 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 TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid 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 PocanClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Hillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats Democrats explore new ways to resurrect election security briefings MORE (D-Wis.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who recently endorsed Sanders alongside another key House progressive, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Progressive Caucus co-chair: Whistleblower complaint raises questions about 'entire detention system' Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden's transition team 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 BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE (D) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq 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 WarrenJudd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? 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.