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Ocasio-Cortez Says a Biden Presidential Run Doesn't 'Animate' Her
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=44334"><span class="small">Hunter Walker, Yahoo News</span></a>   
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:21

Walker writes: "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] said she will back whoever the Democrats nominate for president in 2020 - but she would clearly prefer someone other than former Vice President Joe Biden."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Getty Images)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez Says a Biden Presidential Run Doesn't 'Animate' Her

By Hunter Walker, Yahoo News

23 April 19


ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign, said she will back whoever the Democrats nominate for president in 2020 — but she would clearly prefer someone other than former Vice President Joe Biden.

The freshman congresswoman, who became a rising star in the party after scoring a shocking victory against a high-ranking Democrat last year, said she hasn’t picked a 2020 candidate to support.

“I truly do not have one yet. I truly do not,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”

But the prospect of a Biden run doesn’t “animate” her, she said.

At least 18 Democrats have entered the presidential race, and others are considering joining their ranks. Ocasio-Cortez demurred when asked if she will back Sanders again, and threw out the name of another presidential candidate who has caught her eye, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“I’m very supportive of Bernie’s run. ... I haven’t endorsed anybody, but I’m very supportive of Bernie,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “I also think what Elizabeth Warren has been bringing to the table is … truly remarkable, truly remarkable and transformational.”

While Biden hasn’t officially entered the race, he is leading many polls of the primary field. Yahoo News asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would support him.

“I don’t know. I mean … I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is,” she said.

Yet she seemed decidedly unenthusiastic about the prospect of a Biden candidacy.

“That does not particularly animate me right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The congresswoman said she has “a lot of issues” with a potential Biden White House bid.

“I can understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.”

Might she run for higher office one day herself?

“I really don’t know,” she said. “I think about it every once in a while, but … this is pretty hard already.”

She was asked to explain what she thinks about when considering the possibility of running for another position.

“I just want to be most useful, and I’m not trying to kind of impose some personal ambition,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that, if a window opens and I feel like I can do well, and do better, and offer more to people, then I would consider it. But … I don’t have like a 10-year plan or a five-year plan or anything.”

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+18 # elizabethblock 2019-04-23 10:17
Biden doesn't "animate" me either. In fact he - I was going to say horrifies me, but that's too strong. Puts me off, for sure. Bernie!
+8 # azei2n 2019-04-23 13:26
Biden came from the 'War loving" era that started with Clinton and ended with Obama. They scare me, for sure.
0 # tsyganka 2019-04-24 15:24
Creepy Joe not only came from that war-loving era, he strongly abetted starting the illegal war on Iraq, which had done Nothing to us. As chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, he presided over sham hearings. He refused to let experts who opposed an invasion to get any words in edgewise, whereas he let a parade of war hawks testify in the national spotlight. What a stinking, venal, dishonest war-monger.

Middle East studies professor Stephen Zunes wrote: “It is difficult to over-estimate the critical role Biden played in making the tragedy of the Iraq war possible. More than two months prior to the 2002 war resolution even being introduced, in what was widely interpreted as the first sign that Congress would endorse a U.S. invasion of Iraq, Biden declared on August 4 that the United States was probably going to war. In his powerful position as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he orchestrated a propaganda show designed to sell the war to skeptical colleagues and the America public by ensuring that dissenting voices would not get a fair hearing.”

What a nasty person Creepy Joe Biden is. Please inform people in every forum you visit.
+8 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-23 15:55
Biden would be another Hillary, ensuring Trump would win. Remember 90 Million registered voters DID NOT VOTE in 2016. We need to move forward, not back. AOC is right. Vote Progressive to win.
+1 # jimallyn 2019-04-24 01:30
I agree with AOC on nearly everything, but she just pointed out one area in which I cannot agree with her. She said, "I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is." I won't. I will support the candidate who best represents me. I will not vote against my own interests - or yours.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2019-04-24 13:58
Rather than talk about "my own best interests," wouldn't it be better to talk about the best interests of the country as a whole? The right wing is willing to vote against their own personal best interests to bring about their perverted, distorted image of what the country should be, so why can't we do what needs to be done to save the country? Mr Sanders is doing that by pushing legislation that would raise his own taxes, so why can't we follow his example in many other ways in addition to taxes?
0 # tsyganka 2019-04-24 15:28
No one who knows Biden's record would vote for him -- unless that person were a war-monger, a 'nuanced' misogynist, a proponent of crushing students and other borrowers under hideous debt loads, and a bigot who wants to throw more people into prison without Ever finding and remedying the underlying causes of crime.