Bernie Sanders endorses Abdul El-Sayed for Michigan governor

Posted at 7:45 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 08:48:10-04

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of Dr. Abdul El-Sayed ahead of Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

"I’m proud to endorse Dr. Abdul El-Sayed for Governor of Michigan," Sanders said in a release. "As governor, Dr. El-Sayed will fight for a government in Lansing that represents all the people, and not just wealthy special interests."

"Under Abdul’s leadership, Michigan can help lead the nation in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare for All single-payer type system, tuition-free public colleges and universities, a minimum wage of $15 per hour and strong environmental protections.”

El-Sayed said he is "honored and humbled" to have Sanders' support in the race.

"Senator Sanders has always been a relentless advocate for justice and equality, and I have been so inspired by the progressive movement that he has been able to build," he said.

El-Sayed is looking to win the Democratic primary on Aug. 7 against Gretchen Whitmer and Shri Thanedar.