CNN to host town halls for Biden, Steyer in Iowa

CNN to host town halls for Biden, Steyer in Iowa
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CNN announced late Monday it will host two separate town halls in Iowa for 2020 presidential candidates Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California MORE and Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Bloomberg's path to the convention — and beyond Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy MORE.

Biden is currently one of the front-runners in the crowded Democratic field, leading in the RealClearPolitics average nationally, but he sits in third place in the Iowa polling average, trailing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE. He will take the stage next Monday night with CNN "Outfront"  anchor Erin Burnett serving as moderator.

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Biden's campaign unveiled a $4 million ad buy in The Hawkeye State just last week. The ad is airing on digital and television platforms and focuses on Biden's work to help the middle class.

One night earlier, billionaire businessman Tom Steyer will appear with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar serving as moderator. Steyer currently sits at 0.9 percent in the RealClearPolitics index nationally and 2.7 percent in Iowa after entering the race in July, later than the other contenders.

Steyer has spent more money on campaign advertisements than any other presidential candidate, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE, pumping more than $30 million into TV and radio ads by the end of October.

Both town halls will take place at Grinnell College.

The town halls come with the Iowa caucuses less than 100 days away.