Working Families Party Abandons Sanders After 2016 Endorsement In Favor Of Warren

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 30, 2019 Democratic presidential hopefuls US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders (L) and US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren hug after participating in the first ro... (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 30, 2019 Democratic presidential hopefuls US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders (L) and US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren hug after participating in the first round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Detroit, Michigan. - The huge field of Democratic presidential aspirants has finally begun to shrink: recently, four candidates for the White House have thrown in the sponge. But 21 others are still in the running. And in this crowded arena, former vice president Joe Biden is clinging to his lead despite an often rocky summer and the steady rise of progressive senator Elizabeth Warren. Once the list of participants qualifying for the Democrats' third round of debates is confirmed next week, other presidential hopefuls are expected to drop out in quick succession. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 16, 2019 11:24 am
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The Working Families Party, which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called “the closest thing” to “my vision of democratic socialism” when he got the group’s endorsement in 2016, is backing a different horse the time around: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

According to the New York Times, the party made its endorsement on Monday after members voted, with Warren grabbing more than 60 percent of the vote.

“If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party’s national director, told the Times. “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

The Sanders campaign touted the unofficial support of working families in a statement.

“The Bernie Sanders campaign is built from the support of millions of working people across the country, with our leading donors being Walmart workers, teachers and nurses,” deputy communications director Sarah Ford told TPM. “We look forward to working with the Working Families Party and other allies to defeat Donald Trump. Together, we’ll build a movement across the country to transform our economy to finally work for the working class of this country.”

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