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The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders

The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders
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The Nation magazine on Monday endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency MORE (I-Vt.) to become the Democratic nominee, a day ahead of the Super Tuesday vote.

The progressive magazine announced its backing of Sanders saying he “deserves our enthusiastic support” and “our votes.” The Nation’s staff praised the Vermont progressive for not depending on PACs and wealthy donors and for making the “greatest leftward shift in political discourse since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second term.”

“As of this morning, Bernie Sanders—a Jewish grandfather with an indelible Brooklyn accent—is the leading contender for the Democratic nomination,” The Nation wrote. “He got there by forging a movement campaign that expands our understanding of what can be achieved in the electoral arena and that invites us to imagine that government of, by, and for the people might actually be possible.”

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“We are proud to endorse Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist with a program realistic and radical enough to meet the test of our time, for president of the United States,” the magazine added.

The magazine acknowledged Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.), who also has run a progressive campaign, saying she has broadened the “left lane of American politics.” The Nation wrote that Warren and Sanders make a “potent team” and encouraged them to avoid criticism of each other, which “only benefits their common enemies.”

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The magazine continued by saying former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE would be a “uniquely weak challenger” to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE and that the nomination of former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan Bloomberg, former RNC chair Steele back Biden pick for civil rights division MORE would damage the Democratic Party “beyond repair.”

The Nation’s staff described Sanders as the “living antithesis to Donald Trump,” adding he has “genuine moral courage.”

The Nation also endorsed the Vermont senator in the 2016 election against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Close the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report MORE.