Bernie Sanders to launch first 2020 TV ad in Iowa

Sen. Bernie Sanders will launch his first television ad of the 2020 cycle in Iowa, the campaign announced Tuesday.

The $1.3 million buy was made public hours after Sanders revealed that he raised more than $25 million during the last three months, the biggest quarterly haul of any Democratic candidate to date.

Sanders has been slumping in recent early state polling. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden led in a recent CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom survey of likely Iowa caucusgoers; that same poll put Sanders at a distant third. But the campaign is now looking to leverage Sanders’ massive and loyal small dollar donor base to hit the airwaves in an effort to turn the tide.

The ad was produced by Sanders’ in-house production team, as CNN reported last week, and will appear in 30- and 60-second versions beginning on Thursday, according to a press release. It will run for the subsequent two weeks.

In a preview provided by the campaign, the spot — titled