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Bernie Sanders sets out to sell big government in red states

Bernie Sanders
Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 10:39:12-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has long argued that steep federal spending and bigger government can improve the lives of working class Americans and win back the kinds of disaffected, largely white voters who flocked to Donald Trump.

The Vermont senator is venturing into Trump country to test that theory this weekend.

He's swinging through two reliably red states to promote a $3.5 trillion budget proposal that's packed with progressive initiatives and financed by higher taxes on the rich.

Sanders will hold town halls in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, choosing two congressional districts where Trump's vote totals increased between 2016 and 2020.