Netflix star Jonathan Van Ness, golden retriever Bailey join Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail in Iowa
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought two high-profile surrogates to the campaign trail this weekend to help make her closing argument to Iowans: her golden retriever, Bailey, and Netflix star Jonathan Van Ness.
Bailey patiently posed for photos and soaked up pets and scratches from Iowans after Warren spoke in Davenport, hosting his own "selfie" line that mirrored his mom's. And Van Ness, known for his role on "Queer Eye," led "gorgeous" chants of “Win with Warren!” at a meet-and-greet with students in Iowa City.
“Anybody who is marginalized for any reason — their life’s been made extraordinarily harder by this administration. And this administration has got to go,” Van Ness said, urging the 300 attendees to make a plan for Caucus Day and to lean into conversations with friends and family members about this election.
Introducing Warren in Cedar Rapids, Van Ness highlighted his own experience trying to fill a prescription for an HIV medication and learning it cost $3,500.
"I realized, in that moment, I was, like, 'This is rigged,' " he said. "This is a public health crisis. We have to have people having access to the medication they need. And I realized Elizabeth Warren is the policy expert."
On stage, Warren said she’d defend the Affordable Care Act from the “sabotage” of the current administration and work to reduce the costs of prescription drugs like EpiPens and HIV medications. She said she’d raise taxes on the ultra-wealthy to construct a new health care system that expands access.
Van Ness joined Warren for her selfie line following the Cedar Rapids event as Bailey waited outside and received belly rubs from passersby.
Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.
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