GW students launch group in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Updated: May 27, 2015 at 5:37 p.m.

Not all GW students are #ReadyForHillary.

A group of GW students have launched “GW for Bernie” on Facebook and Twitter in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is running for president as a Democrat. Sanders, who officially announced his presidential campaign on Tuesday, entered the race against Hillary Clinton, who had garnered support from hundreds of GW students before announcing her run last month.

The Facebook page currently has more than 70 likes, while the Twitter account of the same name has 13 followers.

“GW students are organizing for a champion against moneyed interests holding our politics hostage,” according to the Facebook page’s description.

Frank Fritz, a rising junior and one of the co-founders of the group, said the organization’s main focus is to increase awareness of Sanders as a candidate. He said because GW is the most politically active campus in the country, the group is hoping to tap into the political connections of students.

Fritz said the group hopes to hold phone banks and other programming, but because Sanders launched his campaign Tuesday, GW for Bernie is still in the early stages. He said Sanders will “bring a little spice to the Democratic primary.”

“He’s really just trying to contribute to the debate because he’s trying to bring a more genuine aspect to our politics,” Fritz said.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Frank Fritz is a rising sophomore. He is a rising junior. We regret this error.

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