Breaking From 'The Squad,' Ayanna Pressley Endorses Elizabeth Warren For President

Nov 6, 2019
Originally published on November 6, 2019 3:49 pm

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley is endorsing her home-state senator Elizabeth Warren for president, breaking with her other high-profile freshmen female colleagues who have come to be known as "the squad."

"The American people deserve to be represented by elected officials who see them, who listen to them, and who fight for them," Pressley says in a video posted by Warren's campaign. "I have seen Elizabeth in small church basements and in packed gymnasiums, and she is consistent. She never loses sight of the people."

Pressley praises Warren for "fighting for fundamental change" and for understanding that "power belongs in the hands of the people."

Pressley's endorsement could help Warren win over black voters — with whom Warren has struggled to gain strength, compared with former Vice President Joe Biden. Pressley, a former Boston city councilwoman, was elected to Congress last year after upsetting a Democratic incumbent in the primary, making her the first African American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Part of a historic and diverse class of freshmen women, Pressley has aligned herself with other vocal progressive women, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Last month, those three all endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

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A previous version of this story incorrectly said Ayanna Pressley is the first African American elected to Congress from Massachusetts. She is the first African American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

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