How top 2020 Democrats are trying to win over union members

Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a fund-raising fish fry for U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Hawkeye Downs Expo Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ natural constituency has long been working Americans, and appealing to union members is key to his presidential aspirations.

But Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is also seeking the White House on a platform of empowering the working class that may appeal to many unions’ rank-and-file.

And former Vice President Joe Biden has longstanding relationships with many of the nation’s powerful unions. He’s betting personal charisma can woo them, despite his more moderate proposals.

Many large unions have yet to make formal 2020 endorsements. Still, Warren has secured the support of the labor-aligned Working Families Party and Biden has been backed by a major fire fighters union.

That means the three candidates will continue to vie for major union support in Iowa and around the country.

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