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Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cortez endorse Bernie Sanders for president

The Sanders campaign confirmed the backing of two congressional members of "The Squad" on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.

The Sanders campaign confirmed the backing of two congressional members of "The Squad" on Tuesday.

The endorsements come as the 78-year-old Vermont senator faces questions over his health since suffering a heart attack two weeks ago.

Omar tweeted her endorsement Tuesday, posting that "Bernie supports guaranteeing healthcare for all, creating a humane immigration system that doesn’t treat immigrants like criminals, and ending forever wars. He is fighting for the America we deserve -- one that collectively works toward a brighter future for every one of us."

The Minnesota Congresswoman and Sanders recently teamed up on legislation that would ban school lunch programs from denying students hot meals if they can't pay. A tweet by Sanders says the bill would wipe out existing delinquent meal debt and stop "harassment" of families, while increasing reimbursement rates to school districts. 

Sanders' deputy communications director Sarah Ford says Ocasio-Cortez will appear with the senator at a rally in her home district in New York this weekend.

Sanders hinted at her backing during Tuesday's Democratic debate in response to a question about his age, saying his skeptics should attend his Saturday rally featuring a "surprise guest."

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