Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is set to roll into Saturday’s presidential debate with endorsements from Democracy For America and the Communication Workers of America (CWA).
The president of the 700,000 member CWA, Chris Shelton, said, “CWA members endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the candidate who is talking about real solutions to make our economy fair again. Politics as usual has gotten working people nowhere. It’s time for real change. That’s what CWA members are saying, loud and clear. Our members are ready to do what it takes to elect Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.”
Sen. Sanders (I-VT) thanked the CWA for their support, “Brothers and sisters, let me thank the 700,000 members of the Communications Workers of America for their strong support. For decades you’ve been fighting for the rights of working families and I’m so proud today to be with you in that fight.”
Progressive grassroots organization Democracy For America (DFA) endorsed Bernie Sanders after he won the online poll of their membership with 87% of the vote.
DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said, “Bernie Sanders is an unyielding populist progressive who decisively won Democracy for America members’ first presidential primary endorsement because of his lifelong commitment to taking on income inequality and the wealthy and powerful interests who are responsible for it. Throughout his campaign, Bernie has repeatedly said that the huge problems of income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism that our country must confront are bigger than a single campaign – they need a political revolution. With today’s endorsement, DFA members are joining Bernie’s ‘political revolution’ and working to take it both to the White House and up-and-down the ballot, in races coast to coast.”
Sanders expressed pride in earning the endorsement of DFA, “I’m proud to have DFA and its one-million members join our people-powered campaign/ DFA’s tireless focus on bringing people together through grassroots organizing is the best way we can fight back against the billionaires and oligarchs who have rigged our economy. I also want to congratulate DFA for its principled support for grassroots democracy and for its internal democratic process. It is no secret that the founder of DFA– my friend and fellow Vermonter former Gov. Howard Dean– has chosen not to support my candidacy. Yet the leadership of DFA allowed a fair and free vote to take place which we won. That’s pretty impressive.”
It is impressive that all three Democratic campaigns competed for DFA’s endorsement and Sanders won.
The two endorsements capped what has been the best day of the Sanders campaign so far. Sanders also announced that his network of small donors has set a record by making him the first non-incumbent presidential candidate to cross 2 million donations in a year.
Sanders is easily one of the two best presidential candidates in terms of popularity and organization running in 2016, and he is gaining momentum ahead of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate.
What Bernie Sanders has accomplished has been incredible, but as 2015 winds down, it is clear that the senator from Vermont is just getting warmed up.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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