Democrat Sanders gains first endorsement from a U. S. Senator

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:35 PM

S. senator from Vermont. In a NY Times column announcing his endorsement, Merkley said he supports Sanders for his work battling economic inequality, opposing trade deals and fighting for the middle class."It's time to recommit ourselves to that vision of a country that measures our nation’s success not at the boardroom table, but at kitchen tables across America," Merkley wrote.

OR Democrat Jeff Merkley endorsed Bernie Sanders on Wednesday for the party'south presidential nomination, becoming the first member of the Senate to announce support for the fellow U. S. senator from Vermont.

In a NY Times column announcing his endorsement, Merkley said he supports Sanders for his work battling economic inequality, opposing trade deals and fighting for the middle class.

"It's time to recommit ourselves to that vision of a country that measures our nation’s success not at the boardroom table, but at kitchen tables across America," Merkley wrote. "Bernie Sanders stands for that America, and so I stand with Bernie Sanders for president."

Merkley praised Sanders' Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who also served in the Senate, and said he recognized Sanders has an "uphill battle" to defeat her.

Clinton leads Sanders in delegate support needed to clinch the nomination ahead of the Nov. eight election but Merkley said Sanders could still upset her.

"Anything'south possible in a campaign," he said in an interview on MSNBC, citing Sanders' stance on a range of issues, from trade and healthcare to climate modify and campaign finance.

"Issue after issue ... he'south been out there leading long before he decided to run," he told MSNBC.

Merkley'south announcement comes ahead of the May seventeen primary in OR and he said the state'south residents can start voting by mail later this month. The endorsement also comes less than a week before New York'south heated primary nominating contest on April nineteen.

Clinton won the endorsement of the NY Daily News on Wednesday. The newspaper called her a "superprepared warrior realist" who also understands the economic toll the country has faced, while labeling Sanders "utterly unprepared" with "politically impossible" goals.

Sanders will have a news conference in Brooklyn later on Wednesday to announce an endorsement, the campaign said, without giving further details.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

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