Bernie Sanders on Jon Ossoff: It’s ‘imperative’ he be elected

Democrat Jon Ossoff. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

After making some puzzling remarks on Democrat Jon Ossoff, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave him his full-throated endorsement on Friday.

“Let me be very clear. It is imperative that Jon Ossoff be elected congressman from Georgia’s 6th District and that Democrats take back the U.S. House,” said Sanders, a one-time presidential candidate, in a statement. “I applaud the energy and grassroots activism in Jon’s campaign. His victory would be an important step forward in fighting back against Trump’s reactionary agenda.”

 


 

Sanders raised eyebrows earlier this week when he told The Wall Street Journal he isn’t sure how progressive Ossoff is.

“If you run as a Democrat, you’re a Democrat,” he said. “Some Democrats are progressive, and some Democrats are not.”

When he was asked if Ossoff was a progressive, Sanders then responded: “I don’t know.”

Ossoff backed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in last year’s presidential primary, but has sought support from the progressive wing of the party as well as the more mainstream center.

Republicans have painted him as a creation of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, an attack that Ossoff has criticized as a a tired smear from a predictable Republican playbook.

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Fran Davis
Fran Davis

Because some fool gave him 8million dollars to pay off everyone

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

An open socialist should not be endorsing anyone in this country.

Bill Sanders
Bill Sanders

I'm not surprised...they are ideological brethren

Brenda Addison
Brenda Addison

Just more lazy lying 2 cent bargain politicians looking for attention . NOTHING to offer . Still trying to buy INTEGRITY .

Robert Mccool
Robert Mccool

Don't let the liberal elite buy the seat. Keep Hollywood out of Georgia's election

Doug Baker
Doug Baker

That right there tell any normal person that he's a communist.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

Wow Democrats have gotten to the bottom of the well!

Kevin Post
Kevin Post

6 promises Trump has made about health care 1 ‘INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY’ 2 ‘NO CUTS … TO MEDICAID’ 3 ‘NO ONE WILL LOSE COVERAGE’ 4 ‘NOBODY WILL BE WORSE OFF FINANCIALLY’ 5 ‘GET RID OF ARTIFICIAL LINES’ 6 ‘EVERYBODY’S GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF’

Bill Stoner
Bill Stoner

If that libtard needs bernies endorsement that proves he does not belong in office- either one of them

Pam Lane
Pam Lane

Oh if Bernie says to endorse I'm real sure this isn't the guy for congress. Bernie pushing socialism Just found out he owns 3 homes, one of which is a beach house. Yeah he really believes in what he preaches.

Diane Tillman
Diane Tillman

Thank you Bernie. I agree 100 percent. This kid is the product of what you started. I pray that there are many more who listened when you said "RUN for offices.

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

More reason not to to elect the carpetbagger

David Drolet
David Drolet

I love seeing Republicans get nervous!! Go Jon !!

Cathie Sowles
Cathie Sowles

Definitely agree! This is a race the nation is watching. Ossoff is a good candidate and I still think Georgia is a blue state.

Greg Smith
Greg Smith

6th district needs to send Handel to Washington and get some legislation passed. This obstruction politics is helping no one!

Stephi Davis
Stephi Davis

Ossoff's got this! He had 78,000 @ 48+%. Handel 12,000 @ 18%!! Go John GOOOO! YES!!!

Jennifer Overton Perissi
Jennifer Overton Perissi

^^^Surely the comment above from Mrs Sikes is satire. Kudos, hilarious. Still giggling about Trump restoring respect for America.

Andy Mons
Andy Mons

Bernie sanders wants him elected all the more reason to NOT elect him

Shane Norris
Shane Norris

If you don't live in the district how can you run for office?

Norman Hasty
Norman Hasty

Kiss of death. It'll make it harder for Ossoff and to run right and govern left.

Anne Reusche
Anne Reusche

Surprise, surprise!!! I don't know why Bernie wants to throw in his lot with the Dems after they screwed him out of a probable nomination!

Pat Sears
Pat Sears

It figures. Birds of a feather....

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Any endorsement from a socialist like Sanders is not a feather in the cap! Vote Handel, make Ga's 6th district great again!

Tina Furgala
Tina Furgala

Bernie was diagnosed with the the mid stages of euphoric delusion syndrome just prior to the 2016 election. Endorsing a non Georgia voter funded by the Hollywood elites is another documented event leading to the next phase of regression.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Surprise surprise, one dummy endorsing another dummy! #MAGA

Darlene Lunsford Maddox
Darlene Lunsford Maddox

ossoff is not even from or live in altanta so he not need to run here go back home idiot

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

Well isn't that special - Bernie endorsed Ossoff. We all know what happened to the last Person he endorsed. Ossoff don't even live in the District that he is running in - so why should he care about those People. He lied about his accomplishments just like the rest of the Democrats do.

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

At least he did not vote for the Traitor Trump!