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Jonathan Van Ness joining Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail is an early contender for crossover of the decade

Reiss Smith January 3, 2020
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Elizabeth Warren and Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness will join Elizabeth Warren on the Iowa campaign trail. (Getty)

Jonathan Van Ness will join Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren for a gorgeous campaign moment ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

The non-binary Queer Eye star sent an email to Warren supporters announcing his plans to hit the campaign trail in the lead-up to the February 3 caucuses.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to do everything I can to help her win,” he wrote.

“That’s why I’m joining Elizabeth to campaign for big, structural change in Iowa this month.”

Jonathan Van Ness backs Elizabeth Warren’s healthcare plan.

Van Ness has been a vocal supporter of Warren’s since September 2019, when he explained that he had decided to endorse her after misplacing his HIV medication.

“It cost $3,500 to replace them out of pocket with ‘amazing’ platinum level insurance,” he tweeted.

“Healthcare shouldn’t be for profit ever, it’s a human right.”

Van Ness was referring to Warren’s single-payer Medicare for All plan, which should she win the presidency, would eradicate four-figure premiums for HIV medications.

Such a system would provide access to HIV drugs (including HIV and PrEP) for those who need it under a comprehensive, universal healthcare programme.

Of course before any healthcare revolution can be implemented, there is the small matter of winning the Democratic nomination and ultimately the presidency.

Pete Buttigieg leading Iowa and New Hampshire polls.

Warren is battling Bernie Sanders – who has also vowed to introduce Medicare for All, as well as Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg – who both favour opt-in systems.

Biden currently has a national lead over the other three candidates, but this isn’t necessarily the case in the early caucus and primary states.

An Iowa State University poll taken in mid-December put Buttigieg in the lead with 24 per cent support, ahead of Sanders (21), Warren (18) and Biden (15).

In New Hampshire, which has a February 11 primary, WBUR called a three-way race between Buttigieg (18 per cent), Biden (17) and Sanders (15), with Warren in fourth place on 12 per cent. The poll had a margin of error or 4.7 percent


Related topics: Elizabeth Warren, Jonathan Van Ness, US Election 2020

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