“The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said in an open letter to California Democrats and independents endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. “A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other.” | AP Photo
California Gov. Jerry Brown is “deeply impressed” with Bernie Sanders’ campaign, but next week he will cast his vote in the state’s Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton, praising the former secretary of state as the best candidate to prevent a Donald Trump victory in November.
“I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done,” Brown wrote in an open letter to California Democrats and independents published Tuesday. “He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.”
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Clinton, however, “has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda,” he continued, noting that she has gotten nearly 3 million more votes than Sanders and leads by hundreds of delegates.
“In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee,” Brown said. “But there is more at stake than mere numbers.”
Highlighting a bit of Trump’s rhetoric — which includes calling climate change a “hoax” and pledging to tear up the global Paris climate deal as well as deport millions of undocumented immigrants — Brown argued that the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher.
“Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon,” he said, adding that now isn’t the time for infighting in the Democratic Party.
“The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one,” he continued. “Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump.”
So when California votes next Tuesday, he concluded, “I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
Clinton leads Sanders by 8 percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent, in a RealClearPolitics average of California polls.