Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHospitals face shortage of drugs for ventilators Work Share: How to help workers, businesses and states all at once Students with disabilities could lose with COVID-19 stimulus package MORE (D-Wis.), one of the House’s top progressives, endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' 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 TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license 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 WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) for the primary field’s liberal mantle.

Among Sanders’s most recent high-profile endorsers are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for extending census period Harris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill 'Drag Race' teases first look at guest judge Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill Ilhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill Ilhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign MORE (D-Mich.), the Sunrise Movement, Dream Defenders and several local union groups. Warren has earned the backing of Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill Ilhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign 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.”