MADISON — Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) joined a dozen members of Congress, including Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, along with over 160 state and local leaders in endorsing Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for the U.S. Senate.

“As the son of a public school teacher and UAW assembly line worker, Mandela Barnes knows the struggles of the working class,” said Senator Bernie Sanders (VT). “His agenda advances the interests of working families, not the billionaire class. I’m proud to endorse Mandela because he is the best positioned progressive candidate who will win both the primary and defeat Ron Johnson in November.”

“Our campaign is focused on uniting a broad base to defeat Ron Johnson this November, and I’m honored to have Senator Bernie Sanders’ endorsement,” said Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, candidate for U.S. Senate. “The truth is, we have more in common with each other than we do with a pro-outsourcing, anti-jobs, anti-child care multimillionaire like Ron Johnson. Together, we’re going to flip this seat and fight for Wisconsin’s family farmers, small businesses, unions, and working families to have the fair shot they deserve.”

The Lt. Governor is proud to have earned a broad base of support across the state of Wisconsin, most recently including Sheriff Kalvin Barrett. From Mayor Jim Paine (Superior) to Mayor Katie Rosenberg (Wausau) to unions including SEIU Wisconsin State Council and AFSCME Council 32, Mandela is building the kind of grassroots movement necessary to defeat Ron Johnson.

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