The progressive group People’s Action on Thursday announced its endorsement of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema White House to make 400 million N95 masks available for free MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary.
The group pitched Sanders as a strong, progressive leader that shares values with its network of 40 state and local grassroots organizations.
“Bernie Sanders cuts through the haze of corporate propaganda that clouds politics across the spectrum,” People’s Action National Director George Goehl said. “He is not catching up to a movement to restructure the relationship between everyday people and big monied interests. He has been there the whole time.”
The endorsement is key for Sanders, who is competing with fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLobbying world Sanders open to supporting primary challengers against Manchin and Sinema Warren dodges on whether Sinema, Manchin should be challenged in primaries MORE (D-Mass.) in the race for the party nomination. Warren and Sanders are at the top of the 15 candidate field, vying with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAirlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports Top Democrats call on AT&T and Verizon to delay 5G rollouts near airports MORE (D), who are advocating for more moderate proposals.
People’s Action noted that Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro would be “strong second choices for president.”
Sanders picked up 73.6 percent of votes cast by delegates from the People’s Action member groups.
“I’m just so proud and excited to have the endorsement of People’s Action because they understand what I understand, that at the end of the day, the only way we make real change in this country is through grassroots activism,” Sanders said in a video after the announcement.
I am so proud and excited to have the endorsement of @PplsAction because they understand what I understand: at the end of the day, the only way we make real change in this country is through grassroots activism. pic.twitter.com/g4tzErYIav— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 19, 2019
“That is what they are about. That is what our campaign is about. And together, we are going to win the Democratic primary,” he added.
Sanders is one of seven candidates who will appear in the Democratic debate in Los Angeles on Thursday night.