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Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorse El-Sayed in governor's race

DETROIT/GRAND RAPIDS, July30, 2018 (AP): Last Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed Dr. Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan's race for governor, providing a boost to the candidate in the closing weeks of the Democratic primary August 7th; so did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Sen. Sanders, who narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan's 2016 presidential primary, issued a statement saying El-Sayed would ``fight for a government in Lansing that represents all the people, and not just wealthy special interests.'' He cited El-Sayed's support for a ``Medicare for all'' single-payer health care system and other liberal initiatives such as tuition-free college, a $15 an hour minimum wage and environmental protections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Dr. El-Sayed, the former health director for the city of Detroit, said he was ``honored and humbled'' to have the support of the country's ``progressive standard-bearer,'' and was thankful that Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez had ``recognized that there is only one progressive running for governor of Michigan.''

Dr. El-Sayed is battling former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer and chemical-testing entrepreneur Shri Thanedar for the Democratic nomination. He has trailed in polling, but his Sanders-style brand of liberalism—he denounces corporate money in politics—has won him backing from within the party's more liberal wing.

Dr. El-Sayed's campaign says he, Sen. Sanders, and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez represent the Democratic Party's future and are proposing ``real progressive solutions.''

U.S. House candidate Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned a 10-term congressman in a New York Democratic primary on June 26 [winning by double-digits, 57.5% to 42.5%], likewise, campaigned with El-Sayed in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Ypsilanti last weekend. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a strong supporter of Universal Health Care.  

Meanwhile, a group of Latino leaders hosted Lansing/Detroit meet & greets in support of Gretchen Whitmer for Governor¡Viva Whitmer! For Governor and includes former Michigan State Representative Lee Gonzáles, María Enríquez, Larry Arreguin, Dr. Rubén Marténez, Dr. Juan Coronado, Dr. Nino Rodríguez, Guillermo López, Rep. Vanessa Guerra, Rep. Henry Yanez, and Rebecca Lugo.

Republicans running in the Aug. 7 primary are state Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim Hines.

By AP’s DAVID EGGERT, with contributions by Rico de La Prensa.



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