Mayor de Blasio endorses Bernie Sanders for president

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February 14, 2020 - 6:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, Sanders' campaign said Friday evening.

The campaign said de Blasio will join Sanders in Nevada this weekend to rally volunteers and supporters at events across the state. Nevada's Democratic caucuses are on Feb. 22.

“I am standing with Bernie because he stands with working families, and always has,” de Blasio said in a statement. “New Yorkers know all too well the damage caused by Donald Trump’s xenophobia, bigotry and recklessness, and Bernie is the candidate to take him on and take him down. I have called for a bold, progressive agenda, and that’s exactly what Senator Sanders has championed for decades. I am proud to endorse a true progressive leader who will fight for working New Yorkers and families across the country.” 

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In a statement, Sanders said de Blasio "knows that the only way we can defeat Donald Trump is by uniting people from all backgrounds around an agenda that speaks to the needs of working families."

Sanders continued: “Jane and I grew up in Brooklyn and we are so proud to have the support of a New York City Mayor fighting every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers. Bill is a leading example of what bringing the Democratic Party together around so-called 'radical ideas' like universal pre-K, paid family and sick leave, and defending our immigrant neighbors can do for our country.”

The decision to endorse Sanders comes just months after de Blasio dropped out of the 2020 Democratic race after struggling to gain ground.

Although de Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 he went on to say last summer that he thinks Sanders would have won against Trump in the general election.

The two of them have a history; de Blasio spent time at Sanders’ Vermont vacation home and Sanders swore de Blasio in for his second mayoral term.