Political events bring Kellyanne Conway and Bernie Sanders to Iowa on same day

Senator Joni Ernst speaks to a crowd at The Family Leadership Summity in Des Moines on June 15, 2017 (Caroline Cummings/Sinclair Broadcast Group).

Political powerhouses Kellyanne Conway and Bernie Sanders were under the same roof for two very different events in the state capital Saturday.

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to President Donald Trump and the Trump campaign manager who helped lead the president to victory in Iowa by nearly nine points, found herself in one corner of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines speaking to a crowd at The Family Leadership Summit hosted by The Family Leader, a conservative, faith-based group.

Down the hall, Senator Bernie Sanders — whose last trip to Iowa was on the 2016 campaign trail — spoke to a very progressive crowd at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement's "Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power" convention.

Sanders touched on topics similar to those he discussed during the 2016 campaign trail like clean water, keeping big money out of politics and restoring voter rights for all. He called out his colleagues Senators Chucky Grassley and Joni Ernst to consider their votes on the GOP Healthcare legislation being pushed on Capitol Hill.

"If you don't believe me then why don’t you listen to virtually every major health care organization in this country, all of whom oppose this legislation," Sanders said.

Conway told The Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats that her problem is not with biased media coverage, but rather "incomplete coverage," stating that one of the key ways to restore civility in politics is to give people accurate information.

"My grievance isn't biased coverage; it's incomplete coverage," Conway said. "Part of becoming civil is making sure people are connected to the relevant information that they need and they deserve," she continued.

Conway also told Vander Plaats that much of the criticism of her is because of her gender.

“If you want to disagree on policy, if you disagree on tax reform or health care reform or immigration or you’re for abortion and I’m not, then say that,” Conway said. "Disagree that way, that's what America is," she continued. "But so much of the criticism of me is gender-based."

After spending much of his speech criticizing the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sanders made a plea for unity.

"When working people, ordinary people stand up and don't allow ourselves to be divided and when we have a vision of America that works for all of us, nothing will stop us in achieving our goals."

Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst were also at The Family Leadership Summit and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza spoke at "Revolution Iowa."

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