Barbara Lee says Bernie Sanders is ‘galvanizing progressives’

Rep. Barbara Lee

‘It’s a good thing that he’s out there,’ says Lee

CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |“Barbara Lee speaks for me” is a tag line well known to voters in the East Bay.

Now, the Thirteenth Congressional District representative is saying Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing just that for progressives across the country.

Lee commented on the attention Sanders is attracting during a radio interview this week.

“I think what he is doing really is galvanizing progressives to really develop a strong progressive agenda that deals with all of the issues, that the majority of Americans want to deal with,” said Lee. “And I think by the turnout and by what the response of the people around the country, we see that his message is resonating and so I think it’s a good thing that he’s out there.”

In recent weeks, the Vermont senator has drawn large crowds to his early campaign speeches, including 10,000 last week in Madison, Wisc, according to Buzzfeed.

Lee, one of the most progressive members of Congress, however, stopped short of endorsing Sanders. She also included references during the interview to the progressive agenda also being offered by the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.