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Fri Nov 13, 2015, 02:47 AM Nov 2015

Nina Turner changes her mind on Hillary Clinton, endorses Bernie Sanders for president

Source: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Nina Turner, the former state senator from Cleveland and a top Ohio Democratic Party official, is ditching Hillary Clinton in favor of Bernie Sanders.

Turner and Sanders' presidential campaign confirmed the endorsement Thursday.

"I'm very attracted by his message and his style -- and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the world is catching up with him," Turner said.

Turner added that Sanders' positions on voting rights and wage issues have stood out to her. While she is expected to be active in his campaign, a Sanders spokeswoman said whatever role Turner has will not be paid.

Turner spoke to cleveland.com by telephone before flying to Iowa, where she will attend Saturday's Democratic debate featuring Clinton, Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

She also will introduce Sanders at his Monday rally at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center. The Vermont senator, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has emerged as Clinton's strongest Democratic primary rival.

"We are extremely, extremely humbled by the support of Sen. Nina Turner," Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said. "She is nationally known as a voice for voting rights, for workers' rights and for marginalized people. The support of someone with that record of standing up for middle-income and working people is tremendously important."

The move comes as a surprise -- and a blow for Clinton. Turner had been among her most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the Buckeye State and nationally. She was involved early with the Ready for Hillary super political action committee that promoted Clinton as a presidential candidate before the former U.S. secretary of state launched her campaign.

Turner spoke last fall in New York and earlier this year at a Cleveland fundraiser for the now-defunct organization. In June, she spoke at a grassroots-organizing event for the Clinton campaign in Cleveland. She also had served on the board of Correct the Record, another pro-Clinton super PAC but recently severed ties.

And Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, sent a letter on Turner's behalf last year that sought donations for her ultimately unsuccessful run for Ohio secretary of state.

Turner said Thursday that, despite her efforts on Clinton's behalf, she had not formally endorsed the former U.S. secretary of state. Clinton, she said did not lose her support so much as Sanders earned it with his attention to issues dear to her. She stressed that her decision had nothing to do with controversy over Clinton's private email server.

"Yes, I was out there, 'ready' [for Clinton], because I wanted to make sure Democrats were ready," Turner said. "I thought it was important to show that Democrats were ready to go right back at it for 2015 and 2016. This has nothing to do with the secretary."

Turner, who is frequently mentioned as a future candidate for mayor of Cleveland, said she will take a leave of absence from her role as the Ohio Democratic Party's engagement chair as she helps Sanders with his bid for the nomination. She said her endorsement, which party insiders had been buzzing about for days once they heard it was possible, has resulted in some pushback from Clinton loyalists in Ohio.

"I was approached by a Clinton supporter who said that I am doing a disservice to the country," Turner said. "It was very insulting."

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/11/nina_turner_changes_her_mind_o.html

No worries Nina, we got your back! Thanks for supporting Bernie!
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Nina Turner changes her mind on Hillary Clinton, endorses Bernie Sanders for president (Original Post) LovingA2andMI Nov 2015 OP
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! PatrickforO Nov 2015 #1
A hugely important endorsement Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2015 #2
It really is exciting. reformist2 Nov 2015 #5
99.8% of Americans don't know who she is and will think Tina Turner lol snooper2 Nov 2015 #16
Berners please read.... Dandilions Nov 2015 #3
done deal roguevalley Nov 2015 #4
I wrote him. Enthusiast Nov 2015 #6
Will do!!! LovingA2andMI Nov 2015 #9
From Ready for Hillary to Over the Hillary. Nt postulater Nov 2015 #7
Call me when he gets Tina Turner. Darb Nov 2015 #8
Tina has lived overseas for decades on end LovingA2andMI Nov 2015 #10
Her living overseas means little. Darb Nov 2015 #11
Because the "Humor" was lost... LovingA2andMI Nov 2015 #12
2 Ninas? I thought it was 2 Turners. Darb Nov 2015 #13
It's called hitting the wrong key on the keyboard... LovingA2andMI Nov 2015 #14
Congrats to Bernie. Hortensis Nov 2015 #15
First Bernie goes Postal, and now this. Elmer S. E. Dump Nov 2015 #17
It seems her positions and support are evolving. LanternWaste Nov 2015 #18


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3. Berners please read....
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 04:18 AM
Nov 2015

I think we should email Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. He is a progressive. I was disappointed and quite surprised he endorsed Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. I think we can change his mind. Bellow is a link to his web contact page.... below that is the email I sent him moments ago. Feel free to copy and paste my email if you would like...or tell him your thoughts on the subject. Feel the Bern...this is the political revolution !!


Sen. Brown,

I have great respect for the issues for which you stand. You were a breath of fresh air fighting hard for the middle class, the working poor, the poor. I do not understand why you would not support Sen. Bernie Sanders. I would expect you to agree with the clear message Bernie is articulating . Please stand up and be counted during this Political Revolution.....taking back our Democracy from the Oligarchy...from the hard reality of a seriously out of balanced Capitalistic System. Join your former Ohio Delegation member, Nina Turner, and change your mind on your Hillary Clinton endorsement .....and endorse the true Progressive for President of the United States, BERNIE SANDERS.



(2,807 posts)
8. Call me when he gets Tina Turner.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 09:41 AM
Nov 2015

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(7,006 posts)
10. Tina has lived overseas for decades on end
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 09:50 AM
Nov 2015

But it didn't try and stop you for attempting to rain on this parade...and on a drop of water came from it.....



(2,807 posts)
11. Her living overseas means little.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:13 AM
Nov 2015

Maybe this post should be in the "No Joking Allowed" section. I didn't peg the Bernie supps to be humorless scolds. Where did I go wrong?


(7,006 posts)
12. Because the "Humor" was lost...
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:18 AM
Nov 2015

As two people name Nina, does not equal the impact of one of the Nina's endorsement of Bernie Sanders. So, as for the "humor", well....



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13. 2 Ninas? I thought it was 2 Turners.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:37 AM
Nov 2015

You should really lighten up. It's a long way until this primary is over and you are wrapped waaaaaaaaay too tight, too soon.

Bye now.


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14. It's called hitting the wrong key on the keyboard...
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:43 AM
Nov 2015

And you knew quite well what was meant. It appears NINA (you know like TINA -- but with a T instead of a N) endorsement of Bernie Sanders made YOU MAD.

So sad for you but NINA's #HavingBerniesBack will mean plenty to African-Americans across this nation and especially in Ohio....


Elmer S. E. Dump

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17. First Bernie goes Postal, and now this.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 11:42 AM
Nov 2015

Are we beginning to see the drip, drip, drip....

Pretty hard to fight gravity and momentum. The inevitable will become the reality, just you wait!




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18. It seems her positions and support are evolving.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 11:45 AM
Nov 2015

It seems her positions and support are evolving. Often referred to as 'sincerity' when one individual does, yet called 'triangulation' when done by another.

It's the consistency, I admire most.

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