When National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro announced that her union would be backing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, she introduced him as the next president.
"Don't let anybody tell you that can't happen," DeMoro added ahead of Sanders's address to nurses both in Oakland and calling in from other parts of the country. DeMoro wasn't just speaking to a skeptical press or outside audience. Doubts about Sanders's electability have permeated the labor movement.
Last month, when the American Federation of Teachers announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the response by some local teachers' union members was that while they liked what Sanders said generally, the question of electability factored into their decision.
"I love Bernie," Daniel Montgomery, president and chief operation officer of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, told National Journal last month. "I think most people don't think Bernie is going to be president."
But Charles Idelson, spokesman for the National Nurses United, told National Journal that it was Sanders's opposition to both the Keystone pipeline, which Clinton has repeatedly punted on, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade deal that many progressives oppose, which made Sanders stand out against Clinton.