Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is back in Iowa, campaigning for a former staffer running for Congress in the pivotal state and raising new questions about a possible run for the White House in 2020.
According to the Des Moines Register, the socialist Senator will deliver the keynote speech at an event for Democrat Pete D’Alessandro later this month; marking the third time Sanders has returned to the state since his failed bid for the Oval Office in 2016.
“Bernie knows that we need bold, progressive leaders in Congress if we’re going to change the direction of our country,” said D’Alessandro. “That’s why I’m proudly supporting Medicare for All, a $15/hour living wage, and free college tuition for those who work hard. We can take our country back and continue the movement Bernie started here in 2016.”
While the Senator has remained quiet about another run for the White House, he continues to lead fellow Democrats in recent polling.
The hyper-liberal Congressman still receives high-levels of support from the progressive wing of the Democratic party, many of whom feel the Senator faced an unfair fight against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primaries.
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“I was so excited for this. Just cancelled my trip,” one woman told the Washington Examiner. “How can a man who called Planned Parenthood the ‘establishment,’ says women’s reproductive rights are negotiable, wrote rape fantasies deliver … [an] opening night speech for women? How can this be?”
The three-day event, titled “Reclaiming Our Time” is set to take place in Michigan towards the end of October. The name is a reference to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ infamous rant on the House floor, repeating the phrase over a dozen times during a Congressional hearing.