Despite reports, Tlaib says she’s not endorsing for president yet

    Rashida Tlaib with reporters
    U.S. Rep Rashida Tlaib talks to reporters, April 22, 2019 | Ken Coleman

    CNN and other outlets reported this morning that U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — three members of the group of progressives known as the “Squad” — would soon endorse U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Sept. 25, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    However, in a statement issued after noon, Tlaib said she has not given her blessing to anyone running for president in 2020.

    “I have not made any endorsement at this time. It is critically important to me to involve my residents and my district in every major decision I make, because staying rooted in community makes our movement stronger. I am looking forward to bringing Senator Sanders to Michigan on October 27th for a tour of our district that will highlight economic justice issues and corporate tax giveaways, and a roundtable with housing justice advocates. I need to know that anyone I choose to endorse will fight for my residents, and I appreciate the opportunity for them to have a dialogue with Senator Sanders about these critically important issues.”

    Tlaib and another progressive seeking the nomination, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), recently toured Michigan’s most polluted ZIP code, 48217.

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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