Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. Previously Reich has shown support of Sanders through many of his op-ed articles, even dedicating whole articles to respond to Bernie skeptics. Now Reich has released an official announcement of his endorsement:
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.
Until now Reich had decline to endorse any candidate, claiming that “As chairman of the board of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens’ group dedicated to getting big money out of politics, I don’t feel free to endorse any candidate.”
Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton from 1993-1997. He now spends his time writing, teaching, and working to spread the word on money in politics and wealth inequality.