Mayor De Blasio Endorses Bernie Sanders For President

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 14, 2020 - 6:34 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Bernie Sanders

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, the Democrat’s campaign said Friday.

Sanders’ campaign said the mayor of New York City will join the 78-year-old presidential candidate in Nevada this weekend to rally volunteers and supporters ahead of the state’s Democratic caucuses.

“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.”

In a statement, Sanders said Mayor 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, who grew up in Brooklyn, added that he was “proud” to have the support of the city’s mayor.

“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,” Sanders added.

The endorsement from de Blasio comes months after the mayor led his own campaign for the White House. De Blasio suspended his bid September after he failed to generate enough support to compete in the Democratic debates.

De Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, but later backtracked to say he believed Sanders could have defeated President Donald Trump in the general election.

Sanders previously swore de Blasio in for his second mayoral term.

The Nevada caucuses will take place on Feb. 22.