Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Sunday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders, whose campaign hopes the civil rights leader’s backing will help shore up the candidate’s appeal to African-American voters, praised Jackson, saying it was “the honor of my life to be supported by a man who has put his life on the line for the last 50 years fighting for justice.”

The endorsement came after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the presidential race in December, became the latest in a string of former moderate presidential candidates to back Sanders’ rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Jackson said African Americans are “socially and economically” behind, and they “cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path.”

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