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 BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE and Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election 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 WarrenWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries 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 TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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.