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 BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE and Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment 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 WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) and 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. 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 TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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.