Sanders to campaign for Virginia gov candidate
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) will rally supporters with Tom Perriello on Thursday, just days after endorsing the Virginia gubernatorial hopeful.
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The two men will campaign at George Mason University in Northern Virginia — a natural fit for Sanders, who won significant support from college students throughout his presidential primary campaign.
The two will talk about addressing inequality and supporting economic growth for working families, Perriello’s campaign said in a release.
Perriello, a former Democratic congressman who lost his seat in 2010 after his outspoken support for ObamaCare, has run an aggressive campaign blasting President Trump and looking to carve out space as the progressive candidate in the Democratic primary against Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
Sanders pointed to those qualities in his endorsement of Perriello on Tuesday, lauding the former congressman’s support for a $15 minimum wage.
“We need to elect progressives at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump administration and its Republican allies,” Sanders said in a statement.
“At a time when the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans are fighting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Tom is one who fought hard for its passage when he was a member of Congress. He is a committed progressive who will stand up for working families in Richmond.”
Virginia and New Jersey are holding the only two gubernatorial elections of 2017. Democrats are eying them as chances to build momentum for their opposition to President Trump heading into the 2018 midterm elections.