WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speculated Joe Biden would “likely” be swayed by the left with enough pressure from the Democratic Party’s noisy progressive flank if elected to the White House.
The rabble-rousing Bronx lawmaker confirmed both she and socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were concerned the septuagenarian candidate was not radical enough for their liking and did not agree with his policy platform.
“Of course I do,” AOC told “Just The News” on Tuesday when asked if she shared Sanders’ concerns.
“We’re different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are,” the 30-year-old democratic socialist lawmaker went on.
“But, you know, the primaries are over and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy,” she added.
“I think, overall, we can likely push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues,” she said. “I think foreign policy is an enormous area where we can improve — immigration is another one.”
The congresswoman’s remarks will likely fuel claims from President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that Biden will be a “Trojan horse” for the firebrands in his party.
Biden dismissed those claims, asking a crowd at a Pittsburgh campaign event: “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?”
Arguably one of the Democratic Party’s most famous faces after joining the House in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez reluctantly backed Biden in April after Sanders exited the race and the Biden campaign reached out to her for policy talks.
The Bronx-born legislator said she was still not wowed with Biden’s health care reform — calling his campaign “pretty stubborn” as she pushed for them to accept Sanders’ Medicare For All option.
Notably, Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) was a co-sponsor of the Vermont socialist’s plan.
Ocasio-Cortez — who revealed she would also push Biden to fully legalize marijuana — said she was not trying to “undermine” the party.
“There are some areas where we just fundamentally disagree, but that’s okay,” she told the network.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we can have, in some cases, very large disagreements — it doesn’t mean that we’re trying to undermine the party or undermine each other,” she went on. “It means that we’re trying to do what’s best for people in the country.”
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