32 hours in Iowa: Sanders packs schedule during mid-impeachment dash

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32 hours in Iowa: Sanders packs schedule during mid-impeachment dash
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32 hours in Iowa: Sanders packs schedule during mid-impeachment dash
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The months-long speculation about how the U.S. senators-tuned-Democratic presidential candidates would juggle their dueling impeachment trial and campaign responsibilities came to a head this weekend, with Sens. Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren each returning to the trail as proceedings at the Capitol broke Saturday afternoon.

For Sanders, I-Vt., the trial and forced-break from the campaign trail arrived at a particularly inopportune time as he is steadily climbing state and national polls. But with substantial cash on hand, the Vermont senator enjoys the ability to call upon private aircraft more frequently than his rivals — something he took advantage of last weekend in order to spend as much time in Iowa as possible.

After a rally in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was canceled last Wednesday when it became evident that the impeachment trial would stretch late into the evenings, Sanders, and his fellow senators, were limited to a half-weekend to court voters.

The Vermont senator ultimately spent just under 32 hours in the Hawkeye State, from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening, but made seven stops and covered more than 330 miles on the ground. At his two largest events, in Ames Saturday evening and Sioux City Sunday night, Sanders drew crowds in the thousands in both a showing of force and a final effort to reach as many potential supporters as possible before the Feb. 3 caucus.

Here’s how the weekend unfolded (all times ET):

Saturday, 10 a.m. — Sanders arrived on Capitol Hill relatively late, skipping his usual stop at his office to go straight to the Capitol. Asked by reporters about that morning’s NYT/Siena Iowa poll that showed him with a relatively substantial lead over former Vice President Joe Biden, he said there was more work to do.

“I’m feeling good but we take nothing for granted. We have a very strong volunteer network. We’re going to be knocking on doors. As soon as the session is ended, I’m going to be on a plane going to Iowa,” Sanders said. “Gonna work as hard as we can.”

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. — With impeachment proceedings Saturday wrapping up earlier than expected, Sanders departed the Capitol, where he was asked by ABC News if he was happy to be heading to Iowa.

“Very,” Sanders replied.

You can read the rest of Adam Kelsey’s article at ABCnews.com

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