The Arizona Congressman endorse Bernie Sanders ahead of the first Democratic debate.
REP. RAUL GRIJALVA: My reason for endorsing him was mine, in the sense that I want to associate myself with this campaign, Bernie's a frennd, but aside from friendship, it is something that this campaign and the message he's laying out to the American people is something I want to be associated with.
I have spent a lifetime in politics, and in progressive politics, and the issue that he's bringing up have been muted for so many years, triangulated, lessened, and the fact that he is at a national level, and with this debate coming up, an expanded national audience, to talk about issues that, I think, are really, really resonating with the American people.
So, for me, my endorsement was one based on the fact that this is campaign that has unmuted a voice in this country, the political climate that needs to be heard. I'm very comfortable with that. Other members may not be there, other members could be there. The fact of the matter is, endorsements are important, but in grassroots campaign that Bernie's running, they're not critical.