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Rep. Cleaver to campaign for Clinton in Iowa


A senior black Democrat will meet with African-American and faith leaders this week in Iowa during a campaign swing for Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri will spend Saturday and Sunday campaigning for the former secretary of state — one of the highest profile African-American lawmakers to appear on Clinton’s behalf to date.

The Missourian has been a longtime Clinton supporter and during the Democratic primary in 2008 was one of the few African-American lawmakers who backed her over then-Sen. Barack Obama.

“Having known Secretary Clinton for over three decades, she has demonstrated to me to be a person of conviction and sensitivity. Because I believe in Hillary and this important campaign, I am committed to helping her in these increasingly polarizing times,” said Cleaver, the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“The bottom line is that we need someone who will do for our country what Secretary Clinton successfully did during her time in the U.S. Senate.”

The campaign trip will include events in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, where Cleaver will host discussions on voting rights, criminal justice reform and the economy, according to a Clinton staffer.


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