De Blasio to Warren: ‘Please Join Us’ to Endorse Sanders
2020 Election

De Blasio to Warren: ‘Please Join Us’ to Endorse Sanders

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pleading with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to “join us” by endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) presidential bid, saying the “progressive movement needs her more than ever.”

“I deeply respect @ewarren. Our nation + our party is better + more progressive because of her leadership. Now our progressive movement needs her more than ever,” de Blasio tweeted Tuesday. “Senator, if the shoe were on the other foot @BernieSanders would have already endorsed you. We have.”

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Warren ended her presidential bid last week after a disappointing Super Tuesday finishing. She failed to win her home state of Massachusetts, coming in third behind Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. She declined to make an endorsement, saying that she would take her time to determine whom to support.

“Not today,” Warren responded to reporters when asked whom she would endorse between Sanders or Biden. “Let’s take a deep breath and spend a little time on that. We don’t have to decide that this minute.”

The New York City dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary race in September and endorsed the self proclaimed Democratic Socialist last month before the Nevada Caucus. Sanders got the backing of the progressive Working Families Party on Monday, which initially endorsed Warren.

Meanwhile, Biden has gained a wave of endorsements with nine of his former rivals backing his presidential bid. This week, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) threw their support behind the former Vice President, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsed Biden on the eve of Super Tuesday. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg followed suit in endorsing Biden after a poor showing on Super Tuesday.

Six states — Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington state head to the polls on Tuesday, with 352 delegates up for grabs. Going into Mini Super Tuesday contest, Biden has the delegate lead with 648 delegates over Sanders’ 563.

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