Saturday, 30 May, 2020


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interview: Bernie Sanders endorsement was an "authentic decision"

Bennie Garza | 20 October, 2019, 18:02

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen.

Less than three weeks after suffering a heart attack, the Democratic presidential contender is beginning what he's calling a "vigorous" return to the campaign trail with a rally expected to draw thousands of supporters to New York City on Saturday afternoon. He called Ocasio-Cortez an inspiration to young people across the country, "who now understand the importance of political participation and standing up for justice".

Zimbwa hopes Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement will bring more people to support Sanders, rather than Warren.

The Democratic primary field consists of 19 candidates, 12 of whom took part in a debate on Tuesday.

Sanders' New Hampshire state director, Joe Caiazzo, was reassigned from his role to head operations in MA instead. Elizabeth Warren, whose progressive stances overlap with Sanders.

Seventeen days ago, Sanders suffered a heart attack while at a Las Vegas campaign event.

During the rally, AOC gave her official endorsement to Sanders, which may be the most sought after endorsements among progressive supporters of the Democratic party.

"When I was a baby, my family relied on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care", Ocasio-Cortez said.

Interested in Bernie Sanders? When I was growing up and education was being gutted for kids in the 'wrong zip code, ' Bernie Sanders fought for us.

"Last February, I was waitressing at a restaurant in downtown Manhattan, and I didn't have health insurance, and wasn't being paid a living wage, and facing sexual harassment at work", Ocasio-Cortez said.

The two politicians - who both describe themselves as Democratic socialists, and both support "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal - spoke with NPR's Michel Martin following the event.

Sanders, who had two stents inserted in his heart to clear a blocked artery, said he is "feeling great".

Ocasio-Cortez credited Sanders with inspiring her run for Congress in 2018, in which she unseated longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary.

"I feel one of my duties as a citizen is to, you know, pay attention to what's going on", Margaret Zimbwa said.

She was a Sanders volunteer during his 2016 presidential campaign, but considered throwing her support to Sen. "There are many copies", she said, pointedly not mentioning any other candidate by name. "The fact that [Sanders] has been fighting for these issues for so long struck me in a very personal way".

Both women are members of what they call "The Squad", an outspoken, leftist group of four rookie, youthful and racially diverse congresswomen whom the president has accused of hating America.

As for whether an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a district that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, would move the needle in a general election?

"Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular", she said.

"They want us to believe that the only reality that we can live under is the status quo, that real change is impossible", said Sanders, also slamming moderate Democrats who questioned the affordability of his proposals during a debate in OH on Tuesday night. But when looking at the broader electorate, the poll found that just 38% of the electorate had a positive view of him, with 55% of voters saying they have an unfavorable view. (Though she never used the word "endorse" on stage, she later made it explicit on Twitter.) Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, also backed Sanders this week.

"I'm proud to say that the only reason that I had any hope in launching a longshot campaign for Congress is because Bernie Sanders proved that you can run a grassroots campaign and win in an America where we nearly thought it wasn't possible", Ocasio-Cortez said. "This is about creating a mass movement".

Recommended

loading...
...

Five Young Sports Stars to Watch in 2020 Five Young Sports Stars to Watch in 2020 We’ve now entered 2020 and the sporting world will certainly have a lot to show us in the upcoming year. The upcoming year will be telling if the boy can turn from a talented prospect to a world-class player.

Harry and Meghan to take 'family time' off, says royal source It's likely they will divide their time between the U.S. and the United Kingdom , the source added. The newspaper's publishers have said Meghan's father only wanted parts of the letter released.

Scottish Rugby questions if misconduct charges are 'appropriate' Scottish Rugby questions if misconduct charges are 'appropriate' Trains and flights were canceled on Saturday and authorities urged people to stay indoors for their own safety. This was an exceptional typhoon thrown at this tournament and the tournament has handled it brilliantly".

Antwerp title: Murray into first final since 2017, faces Wawrinka Antwerp title: Murray into first final since 2017, faces Wawrinka Nine months and one hip surgery after those emotional farewells in Australia Andy Murray is back in a final on the ATP Tour. After appearing to struggle with a right elbow issue, Murray was pleased with his overall display.

Hitman Rohit Sharma scores another century as he completes 2000 Test runs Hitman Rohit Sharma scores another century as he completes 2000 Test runs Sharma, though, has done remarkably well to make the position his own by slamming two centuries and a double-ton in four innings. Shami, on 10, and debutant Shahbaz Nadeem, on one, were batting when skipper Virat Kohli called them back at the stroke of tea.

Jennifer Aniston Joins Instagram, Fans + Celebrities Respond Jennifer Aniston Joins Instagram, Fans + Celebrities Respond Witherspoon had a brief guest run on the iconic NBC series in 2000, as Jill Green , sister of Aniston's character Rachel Green. Instagram newbie Jennifer Aniston posted her first throwback photo on the social media app in honor of "Throwback Thursday".

Modi’s Turkey visit put off over Erdogan’s Kashmir remarks Modi’s Turkey visit put off over Erdogan’s Kashmir remarks Is the new government taking action or not? Some people, who are pessimistic, are saying "what Modi is talking about", he said. We are assured because I have confidence on our track record and power of the youth", said Modi.

High-tempo Japan hoping for Springbok deja vu High-tempo Japan hoping for Springbok deja vu Excitement's running high at the quarterfinal clash between the Springboks and hosts Japan in Tokyo. Japan has made it to the quarter-finals for the first time.

GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract The deal sacrificing GM Lordstown and two other plants on a barbaric altar of outright avarice can not and must not stand. The UAW members will remain on strike and locals are not expected to vote for ratification until some time next week.

Brexit: UK and Ireland ‘could provide NI funding deal’ Brexit: UK and Ireland ‘could provide NI funding deal’ For May, it was a dramatic intervention, given that she was showing support for Johnson, who had often not supported her. There'll not be any tricky boundary on the island of Ireland. "I know people dismiss it, but I don't".

Mattis Calls Himself ‘the Meryl Streep of Generals' Over Trump’s Criticism Mattis Calls Himself ‘the Meryl Streep of Generals' Over Trump’s Criticism However, the retired General did take a moment to note he and President Trump had a good relationship before he stepped down. Since leaving Trump's Cabinet, the former defense secretary has remained mostly mum on USA foreign and military policy.

The First Offline Date After Online Relationships The First Offline Date After Online Relationships The Date Day: How To Behave When you meet your date offline for the first time, there are many things that can go wrong. That is a very responsible step that will either empower or destroy the already formed relationships.

Gustav Klimt Could Challenge For 2,000 Guineas Gustav Klimt Could Challenge For 2,000 Guineas However, Gustav Klimt bounced back with a fine performance at the Barronstown Stud Irish European Breeders Fund in June last year. Gustav Klimt moved to the inside down the final furlong and found just enough speed to beat out his compatriot Nebo by a head .

How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money The Rise of Mobile Payments Over the last few years, all of the major mobile innovators have stepped into the mobile payment game. As of 2016, Apple Pay had 12 million monthly users , a figure which is sure to rise substantially in the coming months and years.

The Early 2018 World Series Favorites The Early 2018 World Series Favorites People expected this young Yankees team (which still has more significant talent on the way from AAA) to start competing in 2018. Taking into account a few articles and odds listings that are already out there, here’s our look at the top contenders. 1.