As the nation gears up for Super Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reeled in two key endorsements over the weekend and a third on Monday.
On Friday, former Clinton administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich backed Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, citing the senator's "political revolution" as the catalyst for his decision.
Here's Reich's full endorsement of Sanders as posted on his Facebook page Friday evening:
I endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. He's leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few. And such a political mobilization - a "political revolution," as he puts it -- is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy.
This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top imperils all else - our economy, our democracy, the revival of the American middle class, the prospects for the poor and for people of color, the necessity of slowing and reversing climate change, and a sensible foreign policy not influenced by the "military-industrial complex," as President Dwight Eisenhower once called it. It is the fundamental prerequisite: We have little hope of achieving positive change on any front unless the American people are once again in control.
I have the deepest respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton, and if she wins the Democratic primary I'll work my heart out to help her become president. But I believe Bernie Sanders is the agent of change this nation so desperately needs.
On Sunday, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI,2) announced her resignation from her DNC post and endorsement of Sanders in the presidential primary.
"I have taken my responsibilities as an officer of the DNC seriously, and respected the need to stay neutral in our primaries. However, after much thought and consideration, I've decided I cannot remain neutral and sit on the sidelines any longer," Gabbard said.
The Iraq War vet and member of the Hawaii National Guard cited foreign policy concerns and the importance of the president's job as the nation's commander in chief as the motivation behind her decision to make a public endorsement.
"I think it's most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment, who looks beyond the consequences, looks at the consequences of the actions they're looking to take, before they take those actions, so we don't continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life," Gabbard said during an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press.
Gabbard released a video Sunday detailing her foreign policy concerns, saying the "stakes are just too high" for her to stay out of the race. Take a look:
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL,9), who is running for a senate seat in his state, endorsed Sanders, saying he will give his superdelegate vote to the Vermont senator after conducting a poll asking Democratic voters their take on who he should support:
I hereby endorse Bernie Sanders to be our Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I will vote for him as a Super-delegate at the Democratic National Convention. And I enthusiastically join, shoulder to shoulder, his political revolution.
Perhaps inspired by the Bernie Sanders message of "Not me. Us.", for the past several days, I have appealed to Democrats across the nation to tell me for whom I should vote, as a Super-delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The response has been absolutely overwhelming. Almost 400,000 Democrats voted at GraysonPrimary.com. More than the number who voted in the South Carolina primary. More than the number who voted in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucus combined.
The results: Sanders 86%, Clinton 14%. More than just a landslide. An earthquake.
We invited not just votes, but also comments. I have been fascinated by the reasons you all gave for your votes. We'll be sharing some of those, in coming days. But in Bernie's case, it boils down to this:
America needs a revolution. And only Bernie Sanders, as President of the United States, can make one.