Back in March, I blogged that Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were competing for the coveted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) endorsement.
While he lost out to Warren for the
communist socialist Working Families Party’s endorsement, Sanders took the AOC endorsement prize. She formally announced her choice on Saturday.
Today I am endorsing Senator @BernieSanders for president.
In the end, we must come together to defeat Donald Trump. We should do so knowing he is a symptom of a larger problem – and our greatest hope is a multiracial, working class movement in the United States of America. pic.twitter.com/9fiTS7FTX9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 19, 2019
Oh, and Sanders also won the endorsement of filmmaker-activist Michael Moore.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore announced Friday that he will be joining Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., at a rally in New York City on Saturday for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I am joining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tomorrow to officially & publicly endorse a true hero of the people, Senator Bernie Sanders, as our next President of the United States!” Moore posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon. “I will speak tomorrow for him at his “Bernie Is Back!” rally at 1pm in Queensbridge Park in NYC. Join us!”
Bernie’s campaign has been flagging of late, so the big question is whether or not AOC’s (oh, and Michael Moore’s) endorsement will make any difference.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is seeking to bounce back in the Democratic presidential primary with an assist from one of the left’s brightest starts, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Sanders will return to the campaign trail on Saturday in the New York City borough of Queens for the first time since he suffered a heart attack.
. . . . Sanders appeared to be losing momentum in the race even before his health problems, so the Queens stop is an important moment for the progressive firebrand to both reassure his supporters and tell the world he’s ready to take on the other top-tier candidates — particularly Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
The timing of the Ocasio-Cortez endorsement suggests Sanders’s team felt it needed a burst. News of her expected support churned up positive headlines for the campaign at a time when it needed some good press.
“Having someone like AOC promoting someone like Bernie Sanders might energize a lot of younger people to vote,” said Raffi Mercuri, the chairman of the local Democratic Party in Boulder County, Colo.
“A lot of people see her as the exemplar for what the Democratic Party should stand for,” he added. “A lot of people see her as someone who is untainted by a long stint in Washington, who’s got by just by speaking her truth; someone who’s just a woman of the people.”
Mercuri added that Ocasio-Cortez’s influence among Democrats, particularly younger ones, was on display last month when she spoke at the party’s annual Truman Dinner.
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