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Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanCapitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-Wis.), one of the House’s top progressives, endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE’s (I) presidential campaign Thursday as the Vermont lawmaker racks up support from progressive politicians and advocacy groups.

Pocan, who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus and will now chair Sanders’s campaign in Wisconsin, praised the senator's progressive platforms as the “antidote” to the nation’s struggles.

“For three years now, Donald Trump has poisoned our nation with his failure, corruption, and xenophobia," Pocan said in a statement. "Bernie Sanders’ authenticity, honesty, and movement for equality is the antidote our nation needs now.”

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“I am proud to endorse a candidate that shares my progressive values and has long been an advocate for the issues Wisconsinites care most about. From health care to a living wage, it’s time we work for working people, and with Bernie Sanders as president - we can do just that.” 

Pocan in a video announcing his endorsement explained that he believes Sanders can motivate the Democratic Party’s base in Wisconsin, a key 2020 battleground state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE narrowly won by roughly 23,000 votes in 2016. 

“Donald Trump won Wisconsin by 23,000 votes. But our problem was we had a big dropoff in Democratic voters. About 250,000 Democrats that normally come out didn’t come out, and the problem was they weren’t mobilized and they weren’t excited and invigorated,” said Pocan. “Having that turnout come back, Wisconsin will be in the blue column.” 

Pocan’s announcement is the latest in a string of endorsements from progressive individuals and groups for Sanders as he battles Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill | Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on relief | Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis MORE (D-Mass.) for the primary field’s liberal mantle.

Among Sanders’s most recent high-profile endorsers are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezObama: You lose people with 'snappy' slogans like 'defund the police' The left's turn against freedom: Curb speech, ban books, make an 'enemies list' Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.), the Sunrise Movement, Dream Defenders and several local union groups. Warren has earned the backing of Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mass.) and the Working Families Party.

Sanders praised Pocan following his endorsement on Thursday, citing his opposition to U.S. trade deals that have become a focal point of scrutiny among progressives. 

“I’m so proud that Rep. Pocan is supporting our movement and will chair our campaign in Wisconsin,” Sanders said. “Mark Pocan is a champion of workers rights and has always stood up to the horrible corporate trade deals that have outsourced millions of jobs. Donald Trump lied to workers in 2016 and then betrayed them as president. With Mark’s help, we will win Wisconsin in 2020 and defeat Donald Trump.”