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Smith writes: "The statement is the latest sign of the left's apathy towards the former vice-president, who has surged ahead of the Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals in recent polls."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: AP)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (photo: AP)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She'd Be 'Hard Pressed' to Back Biden in Primary

By David Smith, Guardian UK

23 May 19


lexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive US congresswoman and social media sensation, has said she would be “hard pressed” to endorse the frontrunner, Joe Biden, in the Democratic presidential primary.

The statement is the latest sign of the left’s apathy towards the former vice-president, who has surged ahead of the Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals in recent polls.

Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, appears to be the favourite to secure 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez’s prized endorsement but she said she was still some way off making a decision.

“I’m not close to an endorsement announcement any time soon,” she told the Guardian on Tuesday. “I’m still trying to get a handle on my job. It seems like ages but I’m just five months in and we have quite some time. The debates are in the summer and our first primary election for the entire country isn’t until next year.”

Asked if she would consider endorsing Biden, widely seen as a centrist, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I’d be hard pressed to see that happen, to be honest, in a primary.”

Biden, comfortably leading every opinion poll, came under fire last week when Reuters reported he was pursuing a “middle ground” approach to the climate crisis. He later distanced himself from the implication.

Ocasio-Cortez criticised politicians seeking “a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives”. Sanders, running second in most polls, tweeted that there was “no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy”.

If and when Ocasio-Cortez does endorse a candidate, Sanders probably remains the favourite to secure her support. She was an organiser for his 2016 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. The pair appeared at a rally in Washington last week to support the Green New Deal climate plan.

In a short interview on Tuesday the congresswoman, who has more than 4 million Twitter followers, also reiterated her demand for Donald Trump’s impeachment. “I think that the grounds have been there for quite some time but the case is really getting to a larger point that we haven’t seen before,” she said.

Democratic leaders are putting the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to move ahead with the process. Ocasio-Cortez added: “I know that the conversation is really changing this week in the caucus and so we’ll see where the speaker lands.”

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+36 # DongiC 2019-05-23 10:09
Cortez is a dynamite girl. I think she is the best representative we have had in the last 50 years. She is the one to lead the Green Revolution and the battle to save the planet. God bless her!
+35 # Anne Frank 2019-05-23 10:11
The smartest thing the Republicans are doing to win the 2020 election is pouring money into the Joe Biden nomination campaign.
+26 # Dale 2019-05-23 10:24
When one votes the lesser of two evils, evil is the only winner. This is especially so when the evil is of two Lessors. Joe Bitem is Killary Flintlock in drag. A sure loser among the lessor of the lessors.
+31 # Texas Aggie 2019-05-23 10:42
The only thing going for him is that he can beat Phat Boy. But so can several other candidates and supposedly Hillary could, too. But unless we want another 2016 to happen, we need to get someone who can actually do a good job and more importantly who WANTS to do a good job.

Joe has never in his whole career shown any actual concern for the average wo/man on the street. Instead he opposed anything that resembled government enforced desegregation. Instead he pushed the crime act that is responsible for the massive numbers of minorities in jail or with criminal records. Instead he made it impossible for actual people to declare bankruptcy after something, usually either cost of education or cost of medical bills, drove them off the cliff. He was an architect of the repeal of Glass-Steagal that gave us the recession. He is in the pocket to the tune of over $700,000 to Comcast that opposes an open internet. He has always favored any financial institution over their victims including banks and credit cards. It goes on and on. And he hasn't apologized or expressed accountability for any of it. Why would anyone vote for him?
+13 # SusanT136 2019-05-23 16:21
I don't think Biden can beat Trump. Trump is going to run on trade, claiming he's fighting against China for American jobs. Biden is a NAFTA neo-liberal.
0 # GeneA 2019-05-23 11:55
I'm beginning to think that the progressive left should let Trump beat Biden BUT work hard to elect a progressive Congress and Senate. Then let impeachment begin! Just sayin'
+6 # economagic 2019-05-23 18:50
Chess player perhaps?
+2 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-23 12:34
How about a Sanders/AOC ticket.
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-23 18:29
PD -- she's too young. She'd need to be 35. But how about a Sanders + Tulsi Gabbard ticket? That would be the dream team.

I seriously doubt that AOC will support Biden, even if he is the nominee. That's because the only way he will get to be the nominee is by DNC crooked super delegates.
0 # rural oregon progressive 2019-05-25 22:44
Seriously? RR thumbed down for suggesting a Bernie/"unafrai d of the MIC (and a veteran)" ticket??? Or is it that we have forgotten the crookedness of the DNC??? I am confused... Maybe it is because readers don't understand that due to AOC's age, that she is ineligible, constitutionall y, to be President or VP??? RR meant LITERALLY that OAC is too young, and, in fact, she is... In time, when she meets the Age Requirement, she will be a fabulous choice.
+26 # Colleen Clark 2019-05-23 13:03
I'm Biden's age, within 1 day, but I agree completely with AOC! Not only is Biden too old, in my opinion, to run for president, but there are several much more attractive candidates running - including several smart and able women. A man is NOT better. I'm guessing more official commentators are men so they think Biden's a stronger candidate. NO! Right now I'm supporting my very smart and able senator, Elizabeth Warren.
+12 # RLF 2019-05-24 05:51
I don't give a crp if the candidate is Gay, a woman, or a martian! I will only vote for the right policies and evidence that the person will actually FOLLOW THROUGH on that platform!
+7 # Moxa 2019-05-24 08:37
Biden is NOT too old. But he is too out of touch, too indifferent to the real problems facing our country, too embedded with the rich and the status quo. Bernie Sanders is the only politician who has the potential to make a real difference, because he is the only one willing to try to really shake up the system. We can't simply adjust a few pieces here or there. Warren has some good policies but she doesn't have a comprehensively revolutionary agenda. She might be a distant second to Bernie. There are just too many things she doesn't address. And she's not a fighter. She didn't even have the guts to support Bernie last election.

Get over the age thing. Bernie is the youngest politician out there, when it comes to looking forward, and being in the vanguard of policy making.
+3 # rural oregon progressive 2019-05-25 22:52
Well stated, Moxa... I agree completely!
+26 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-23 14:06
"Biden, comfortably leading every opinion poll,"

Oh, come on. This is just not true. Biden leads when the pool of people chosen by the pollsters includes only older people who still have landlines phones. These pollsters don't call people with cell phones and that means the age of the people polled is very old and very conservative.

When younger voters are included, Sanders leads the polls by a substantial margin.

Citing polls with fraudulent pool of people is just another way the mass media is pumping up Biden. But they won't be able to pump him up for long. The pumped up Beto and now he's gone. He's reduces to showing videos of himself getting a hair cut. Buttagig is mostly gone, too. Same for Booker. The mass corporate media is desperate for candidates who can beat the progressives. That's not going to happen this time around.
+1 # David Starr 2019-05-28 10:04
Well said.
0 # yolo 2019-05-23 14:48
"Biden, comfortably leading every opinion poll,"

What you never hear about is how these opinion polls are conducted. Basically the majority of younger people (under 50) never answer the calls from spammers or polling callers. Only those who are older and get the majority of their news from traditional main stream media respond. So the polls are biased and not accurate. My guess is the younger generation is flocking to younger candidates like Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, but this isn't showing in the polls. The problem is most delegates who choose candidates are also over 50 and white, so don't reflect the age and social diversity of the entire electorate. AOC is right not to back someone like Biden or even Sanders as she is young and should put her backing behind those with fresh voices and newer ideas.
-4 # upsetter 2019-05-23 21:35
It's a 2 party system. Vote democrat. It will be Biden. Just vote. Maybe we can move on some form of progressive policy if we get Biden. If not SC will be 7-2 and will take a generation to change. Just win baby!
+2 # logical1 2019-05-25 23:13
Democrat worst candidate might be Joe Biden. He started the slide our country is on by running the Thomas supreme court hearings. He allowed a travesty to a very brave Anita Hill not allowing other women to testify as to Thomas sexual actions.
I never could understand how a Democrat congress could confirm a rotten liar to be confirmed. The supreme court is eroding democracy and may get worse.
Due to the confirmation, Al Gore lost the presidency he could have won. Bush started an 18 year war on false evidence. Global warming is not being dealt with. Corporations are considered people.
Biden has allowed travesties. The Democrats know he will not make change and therefore will not get out to vote.
Biden could give us 4 more years of Sh.t and allow Trump a free ticket from prosecution or impeachment.
Although well deserved, it takes a 2/3 majority of senate to impeach. Not going to happen with supreme court allowing biased gerrymandering.

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