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Hillary Clinton (Megan Merrigan file photo)

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will travel to New Hampshire next week and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will travel to Iowa this weekend to stump for Hillary Clinton.

Murphy will share why he supports Clinton’s plan to reduce gun violence, which she introduced at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire in October. There are stark differences between Clinton and her Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, on the issue.

During their first debate, Clinton said she didn’t think Sanders had been tough enough on the issue of gun control. Sanders has opposed the Brady Act, has the support of the National Rifle Association, and has voted against legislation that would allow victims, like those from Sandy Hook, to sue firearm manufacturers.

Sanders has largely dismissed the attacks and has defended his support for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and closing the gun show loophole.

Clinton, Sanders, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will debate each other in a televised debate 8 p.m. Saturday. The debate will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and will be aired by ABC.

Next Tuesday, Murphy will meet with voters at a house party in Derry, speak with local members of Moms Demand Action in Portsmouth, and join volunteers at a phone bank in Hampton.

A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party confirmed Friday that the governor will head to Iowa this weekend to campaign for Clinton and plans to watch the debate at her campaign office in Waterloo.

The Iowa caucus is on Feb. 1 and the New Hampshire presidential primary is on Feb. 9.