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 SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair 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-CortezOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Sinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick 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 TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups 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 PocanProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Left doubles down on aggressive strategy Attacks on Sinema turn increasingly personal MORE (D-Wis.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who recently endorsed Sanders alongside another key House progressive, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate Biden to take part in CNN town hall in Baltimore Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups 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 BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE (D) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year 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 WarrenAmerica can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Misguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon 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.