The great progressive voice of Ohio and former state Senator, Nina Turner, dropped her support for Hillary Clinton on Thursday and wholeheartedly endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.
Turner and Sanders’ presidential campaign confirmed the endorsement Thursday.
“I’m very attracted by his message and his style — and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the world is catching up with him,” Turner said.
Turner added that Sanders’ positions on voting rightsand wage issues have stood out to her. While she is expected to be active in his campaign, a Sanders spokeswoman said whatever role Turner has will not be paid.
Turner spoke to cleveland.com by telephone before flying to Iowa, where she will attend Saturday’s Democratic debate featuring Clinton, Sanders and Martin O’Malley.
She also will introduce Sanders at his Monday rally at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The Vermont senator, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has emerged as Clinton’s strongest Democratic primary rival.
“We are extremely, extremely humbled by the support of Sen. Nina Turner,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said. “She is nationally known as a voice for voting rights, for workers’ rights and for marginalized people. The support of someone with that record of standing up for middle-income and working people is tremendously important.”0