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Conservative group to run ads against Sanders in Iowa

Conservative group to run ads against Sanders in Iowa
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The fiscally conservative group Club for Growth is going on the airwaves in Iowa to attack Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (I-Vt.), who is running at the top of the polls a week before the state's caucuses.

Conservative groups generally don’t spend a lot of money in contested Democratic primaries. But with Sanders gaining momentum, Club for Growth will go on the air with a new television ad this week to attack him as “too old and too liberal.” The 30-second ad will run in Des Moines through Feb. 2.

“Bernie Sanders wants to be our 46th president but he’s nothing like the rest,” the narrator in the ad states. “More radical than Obama on health care. Bernie’s plan gives government health insurance to everyone. His socialist Green New Deal? Even bigger than the New Deal, transforming the economy to meet extreme environmental standards. And at 79, he’d be our oldest president ever. Even his age is extreme. Too old and too liberal.”

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Sanders has led in three of the past four major polls of Iowa and opened up a 9-point lead in the latest Emerson University survey of the Hawkeye State.

President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE and his allies have taken notice and have recently stepped up their attacks against Sanders.

“With Bernie Sanders rising in the polls, the potential for a radical socialist as the Democratic nominee has never been more real,” said David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth’s political arm.