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With Sanders Winning Three Democratic Leaning States on Super Tuesday, Nurses Endorse Call for 50 State Strategy

‘Let’s Give Voice to All Americans on the Critical Issues’


On the heels of a Super Tuesday election in which Sen. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton 3-2 in states that voted Democratic in the last two general elections, National Nurses United, the first national organization to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, heartily endorsed Sanders pledge made to voters and the media to carry the message of his campaign to voters in all 50 states.

Sanders won victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Vermont Tuesday. Clinton won Massachusetts narrowly and Virginia among states that voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. As commentators have noted, the race has a long ways to go. The pledged delegate count remains close.

"As Bernie has emphasized, primary and caucus votes have been held in only 15 states. Everyone's voice should be heard on the critical issues being raised by Sanders and by nurses who have been campaigning for him across the country," said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro.

"From Nevada to New Hampshire, from Colorado to South Carolina, nurses have talked to voters and been reminded of the huge gaps in access to health care and education, concerns about retirement security, the jobs lost due to unfair trade deals, widespread inequality, and the escalating climate crisis that continue to plague so many communities and families," DeMoro noted.

"Bernie Sanders and the legions of grassroots activists around the country who have joined him, and spoken out for the themes of this historic campaign will not stop. The political revolution is just beginning," DeMoro said. "And nurses can't wait to be campaigning in California in June," a state where 1,000 showed up last weekend to rally for Sanders outside a California Democratic Party convention in San Jose.

DeMoro recounted some of the voices nurses have heard across the country, such as field worker Curtis Dixon in rural South Carolina who noted he had to work for a minimum wage of just $7.75 an hour. No one in America should have to do that for this amount. Not when you're trying to feed your kids," Dixon told nurses.

Or the student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas who noted, "I've got $5,500 in student loans left. She's got $70,000 in student loans."

Or Campaign for a Health California co-chair Paul Song who noted "there are still too many people who are left behind that are not covered by the ACA (Affordable Care Act) that are going bankrupt due to medical expenses."

"I've seen it. Patients have to come in and have to pay $5,000 up front to have surgery done," related NNU vice president Zenei Cortez, RN.

"Bernie's campaign, the movement he's creating, this revolution that's going to happen will change things," said Iowa farmer Patti Edwardson.

These stories and more are seen in an NNU video

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.

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