MADISON, Wis. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a campaign swing Monday that will take him to three Great Lakes region states that are a key part of the Democratic strategy to rebuild a "blue wall" and defeat President Donald Trump.
Sanders planned weekend rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania along with stops in Ohio and Indiana. The Sanders campaign said the tour will emphasize that the Democrats' "clearest and strongest path to victory in 2020 runs through the Upper Midwest."
Sanders won Wisconsin in a blowout in the 2016 Democratic primary, and narrowly defeated eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in Michigan. Sanders lost to Clinton in Pennsylvania.
Trump narrowly won all three states by less than a percentage point on his way to defeating Clinton in the general election. Taking them back in 2020 is part of a Democratic strategy to rebuild a "blue wall" in the Great Lakes region.
Sanders plans to hold a rally at a park in downtown Madison on Friday night, followed by a rally at a community college in Warren, Michigan, on Saturday. His event Sunday is near both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon campuses.
Sanders said his message for the weekend events will focus on "fighting against unfair trade deals that undermine workers wages and enrich CEOs, rebuilding and strengthening unions and guaranteeing health care as a right to all with Medicare for All."
Sanders leads the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates this year in fundraising as he tries to establish himself as the clear front-runner.