On Wednesday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley announced that she was endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.
Pressley made her endorsement announcement in a one-minute video, in which she drew on her ties to Warren, who is her home-state senator.
“I’m proud to call her my senator,” Pressley said. “I can’t wait to call her our president.” Pressley is the final member of the Squad to endorse a candidate for president. The three other members of the Squad, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have all endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Pressley stated in the video that Warren is “fighting for fundamental change that restores power to those who have been left behind, and centers those who have never had access to it in the first place. She is consistent. She never loses sight of the people.”
“From fighting to erase income inequality and close the racial wealth gap, to taking on the epidemic of gun violence and working to dismantle structural racism, Elizabeth has made it her life’s work to pursue justice for working families and put economic and political power in the hands of people,”” Pressley would later write in a statement.
Many will see Pressley’s split with the rest of the Squad as proof that she is more moderate than her fellow first-term congresswomen. In 2016, Pressley was a surrogate for Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Bernie Sanders.
Last year, Warren resisted pressure to endorse Pressley’s opponent, former Rep. Michael Capuano, However, Warren did not back Pressley either instead sitting out the election and other Massachusetts primaries.
Pressley defeated Capuano by 17 points, becoming the first black person to represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Pressley is scheduled to appear at North Carolina State University with Warren for a town hall. She will reportedly participate in other campaign events as well.