Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Endorse Bernie Sanders at NYC Rally

Henrietta Brewer
October 20, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has put her official seal of approval on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, appearing with him at a massive rally in Queens.

'It wasn't until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves, healthcare, housing, education and a living wage, ' Ocasio-Cortez told the roaring crowd, which the Sanders camp estimated at 25,872. When I was a child that relied on CHIP [Children's Health Insurance Program] so that I could see a doctor, Bernie Sanders fought for a single-payer health care system.

Ocasio-Cortez told NPR she is encouraged by Sanders' polling, and added that her "passion as an organizer is in talking to people who don't vote".

In an interview with local news outlet NY1 ahead of the Queens rally, Sanders described Ocasio-Cortez as "one of the great political phenomenons in recent American history".

The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez comes at a pivotal time for the Sanders campaign.

That path relies on generating "the largest voter turnout by far in the history of our country" to counter President Donald Trump, whom Sanders called "the most unsafe president in the history of this country", as well as a "formidable opponent" who will have "unlimited amounts of money from his billionaire friends and from others".

In her remarks, she talked about her own personal story of growing up in NY and painted a grim picture of America, telling the crowd: "We are all always, it feels like, one accident from everything falling apart and we have to change the fundamental logic of a system and a politics that puts corp profit ahead of all human and planetary costs". "I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States", he said to cheers from the crowd.

To raucous applause, he declared: 'I am back'.

After thanking Ocasio-Cortez and addressing his health, Sanders' remarks returned to policy. "In other words, poverty is a death sentence", he said.

He spoke for almost an hour highlighting racial disparities in wealth, health outcomes, climate change and criminal sentencing.

Other members of the so-called squad - or liberal freshman congresswomen of color - have been tied to Sanders' presidential bid. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI is expected to join them soon, potentially at an event later this month in her home district.

The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, along with other members of The Squad, - the progressive group of freshman lawmakers - marks a needed win for Sanders during a hard few weeks for his campaign.

Bernie Sanders isn't going anywhere. Despite raising $25.3 million during the third quarter, national polling data compiled by ABC affiliate FiveThirtyEight shows Sanders backsliding in numerous polls, falling just short of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in a number of polls, and has been recovering from surgery after a heart attack. The rally offered a pointed reminder to skeptics in both political parties that the 78-year-old democratic socialist is still very much a force in the 2020 presidential race.

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