Influential Progressive Group Updates Its Endorsement

Group had controversially endorsed Elizabeth Warren originally
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2020 2:10 AM CDT
Working Families Party Switches Endorsement to Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, March 8, 2020.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

An influential progressive group has urged its supporters to vote for Bernie Sanders now that Elizabeth Warren is out of the race. The Working Families Party—which endorsed Sanders in 2016 but surprised some supporters this time around by backing Warren—threw its support behind Sanders on Monday, saying Biden's past positions on issues including the invasion of Iraq and the 1994 crime bill are "at direct odds" with its values, Politico reports. WFP national director Maurice Mitchell says the group's leadership is "disappointed" that Warren left the race, but "Sanders' campaign is a natural home for Warren forces that are looking to get the job done," reports CNN.

Sanders "will fight for a Green New Deal, universal health care, and a living wage for every worker. Organized capital won't rest and neither will we," Mitchell said in a statement. "We said from the very beginning that there were two progressive champions in this race, and that our North Star was to elect one of them as president. Now, the Working Families Party will marshal its grassroots supporters and staff to help Sen. Sanders win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump." Warren, who dropped out after disappointing results on Super Tuesday, has not endorsed another candidate ahead of this Tuesday's round of primaries. In a Saturday Night Live appearance, she joked that she might "pull a New York Times and endorse them both." (More Bernie Sanders 2020 stories.)

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