Michael Stipe explains Bernie Sanders support: ‘I seek out and listen for honesty and realness’

The R.E.M man is a vocal supporter of the Democratic candidate's presidential bid

Michael Stipe – a long time supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – has spoken about his support for the relatively left-leaning candidate.

Sanders is currently battling Hilary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, with next Tuesday’s ‘Super Tuesday’ results likely to have a heavy impact on the eventual outcome. Saunders has gathered a host of support from people in the artistic community, including Killer Mike of Run The Jewels (who interviewed the candidate for his YouTube channel), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Foo Fighters, Faith No More and The Doors.

Stipe spoke about his backing to Rolling Stone, saying “He’s the senator who has consistently voted the way I would if I were a politician, and who has stood firm in his position and belief.”


Stipe continued “In art and in music, I seek out and listen for honesty and realness. That’s why I’m backing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. In politics, he is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness.”

Stipe said his support of Sanders stems from his post-September 11th experience of the politician.


Sanders previously released a list of more than 120 artists who support his campaign, with the signatories signing a statement on Sanders website saying:

“We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country. It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda. It’s a vision that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment, and gets big money out of politics.”

“We endorse Bernie Sanders to become the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America. Sincerely, The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders”

William Hill currently have Sanders as fourth favorite to become the next American president at, 12/1, behind Hilary Clinton (4/6), Donald Trump (9/4) and Marco Rubio (15/2).