AOC officially endorses Bernie Sanders ahead of 2020

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2019

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.

"To put it bluntly, I am back", Sanders declared, sparking chants of, "Bernie is back" from the massive crowd. Add Bernie Sanders as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bernie Sanders news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

In Queens, speaking before throngs of people, Ocasio-Cortez explained why she was endorsing Sanders - a political coup for his fading campaign - citing (among other issues) his support of Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal and promises to completely eliminate $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.

During her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez framed Sanders as the leader of the progressive movement.

Addressing an estimated crowd of more than 25,000 supporters, Ocasio-Cortez said she was proud to join the Vermont senator in bringing "a working-class revolution to the ballot box of the United States of America".

"Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular", she said. "I am more than ready to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite and their apologists", Sanders told a gathering of thousands of people holding aloft placards at the Queensbridge Park.

Across the street from the park stands a gloomy grouping of gray brick apartment buildings known as Queensbridge Houses, which Ocasio-Cortez described as "ground zero in the fight for decent public housing".

After being hospitalized for a heart attack, Sen.

"I know that the Warren campaign at least would provide an alternative, even while I don't think she represents all of the values that I have", Romeo Lemba, a 28-year-old engineer in the solar panel industry, told AFP.

"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.

"For me, this is not about 'Why not any other candidate?' " Ocasio-Cortez said.

"Please remember that unbelievably the richest people in our country live 15 years longer than the poorest people".

Earlier this week, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota also announced her endorsement of Sanders. "And we're going to end that death sentence". Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib hasn't endorsed Sanders, but is slated to tour her district with the senator later this month.

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. Bernie Sanders' in his run for the White House. 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.

This is Sanders' first campaign event - aside from the October 15 Democratic debate - since his heart attack in Nevada and it could serve as a means to reinvigorate his campaign.

The backing of Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a NY district near where Sanders will hold the rally, is expected to boost Senator Sanders in his efforts to fight off fellow progressive White House candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has passed Senator Sanders in opinion polls.

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