Jan 20, 2020

Bernie Sanders endorsed by key progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during a June rally in Santa Monica. Photo: Jonathan Alcorn/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president on Sunday.

Why it matters: With Jayapal's endorsement, Sanders has the backing of both CPC co-chairs, after Rep. Mark Pocan endorsed him last week. He also has the support of influential progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

  • Ocasio-Cortez called Jayapal's endorsement of Sanders a "[r]eally big deal." "Pramila is a major leader in the House, carries the Medicare for All bill & co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus," she tweeted.

The big picture: The endorsement was seen as a blow for his fellow progressive 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Elizabeth Warren endorsed by the Des Moines Register

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a June town hall in Miami, Florida. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP via Getty Images

The Des Moines Register's editorial board hailed Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "the best leader for these times" as it endorsed her for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday night.

Why it matters: It's another win for Warren who, along with 2020 rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar, was endorsed for president by the New York Times last Sunday. The endorsement comes just ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

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New York Times endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warrenand Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the December 2020 debatein Los Angeles. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The New York Times editorial board has endorsed Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president, in a decision announced on national television Sunday night.

Why it matters: The board writes in its editorial it decided to break with convention and endorse two candidates in order to address the "radical and the realist models" voters are faced with by the 2020 Democratic field.

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AOC concedes Sanders may have to compromise on Medicare for All

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders rally in Durham, New Hampshire on Feb. 10. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) conceded Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' signature Medicare for All proposal would face congressional roadblocks if he was elected president, telling HuffPost: “A president can’t wave a magic wand and pass any legislation they want."

Why it matters: Ocasio-Cortez is a vocal proponent of Medicare for All and one of Sanders' highest-profile surrogates. She told HuffPost: "The worst-case scenario? We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option. Is that a nightmare? I don’t think so."

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