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Bernie Sanders Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Would Play A Key Role In His White House



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told ABC News Monday night that his new campaign trail-mate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would play a significant role in his White House if he is elected president.

ABC News wanted to know whether Sanders was considering Ocasio-Cortez as a potential running mate in the unlikely event he snags the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and goes on to face President Donald Trump in a general election.

Sanders was non-committal on the answer but did say that Ocasio-Cortez would have a significant role in shaping both domestic and foreign policy in a Sanders administration.

“Look, I’ve said this before, let me say it again and I don’t want you to hear this because your head will explode,” Sanders said in the joint interview with the freshman New York legislator. “I don’t know of any person who, in the course of less than one year, has had more of an impact on American politics as a freshman member of Congress than she has.”

“It’s not only that she has focus on the real issues impacting the American people, like climate change, the usury rates that Wall Street are charging working people in this country, but she has been an inspiration to working people all across this country and to young people in particular,” Sanders gushed.

“I happen to believe that the future of this country depends on young people becoming increasingly involved in the political process and there’s nobody I know that can do a better job inspiring young people than Alexandria,” he continued.

“If I’m in the White House, she will play a very, very important role. No question. One way or another, absolutely,” Sanders concluded, acknowledging that her role could be a “Cabinet-level” position.

Ocasio-Cortez was among the first of the Congressional progressives to endorse Sanders, and has since brought fellow “squad” members, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), along for the ride. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), the fourth member of the “squad” bucked the trend with a more logical endorsement, throwing her support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Sanders has definitely reaped benefits from Ocasio-Cortez’s support, commanding more headlines and drawing more supporters to his events. His campaign re-launch, which came just a little over a week before the aging Senator suffered a mild heart attack, was one of his largest rallies to date. The Brooklyn gathering, which featured Ocasio-Cortez announcing her support for Sanders, drew thousands.

Sanders had hoped that Ocasio-Cortez, who grew up in a tony suburb of New York City and attended a pricey university before moving back to the Bronx to work as a waitress and bartender, would connect with the blue collar and working class Democrats he’ll need to secure both the nomination and win the election, according to TIME magazine.

Although Ocasio-Cortez has brought a measure of excitment to the geriatric politico’s campaign, she hasn’t really brought the target demographic. In a New York Times poll released last week, Trump bested Sanders in all of the key “battleground” states in the working class Rust Belt. The only candidate challenging Trump for the presidency was former Vice President Joe Biden, widely criticized by progressives like Ocasio-Cortez who believe — without much evidence — that the electorate has taken a significant shift leftward since 2006.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  • Scott says:

    Well there’s another extremely good reason not to vote for the Bern!

  • JerryV says:

    “If I’m in the White House, she will play a very, very important role. No question. One way or another, absolutely,” Sanders concluded.

    So she’s gonna waitress in the White House bar????

  • usac#95 says:

    Bernie’s is thinking with his little head

  • Lost River says:

    A match made in HELL.

  • Gigi says:

    Yeah Bernie, it will be a cold day in hell before this country will elect a Communist like you and since you have attached a dumb airhead to your campaign it’s even less likely.

  • Jerry says:

    As if we needed another good reason not to vote for Bernie. Can you imagine her as Pres when he kicks the bucket?

  • 2WarAbnVet says:

    I’ve been referring to Bernie as a “Bolshevik”! It looks as if I’ll need to revise that opinion. No Bolshevik would be that stupid.

  • Ljp says:

    Under his desk.

  • Madeleine says:

    That’s the nutty Professor and the equally nutty big mouth out the race Bye bye Bernie

  • Rafael says:

    Another Monica

  • william Souther says:

    I close my eyes, and imagine a Sanders WH with moron Squad members running rampant inside…and I realize just HOW close Mike Judge’s vision was when he made the movie “Idiocracy” over a decade ago. It’s chilling.

  • william Souther says:

    It blows my mind, that the USA I grew up fearing and loathing the Russians in, has a presidential candidate who admits to embracing socialist and communist ideals. How, in my lifetime…is this EVEN POSSIBLE!?!!

  • William Conley says:

    Bernie I get it you want to tap that young ass that makes sense. Even though she isn’t very attractive when you’re almost a century old like this geezer you take what you can get. To talk like her ideas were remotely valid though makes me question if you’re not as senile as Joe let me rub your shoulders while I sniff your hair Biden. Dude promised to stop touching women and he just keeps on doing it he’s one creepy ass pervert. If he ever tried that shit around my women aka wife sister or daughter or mother I’d rock his old ass. I can’t wait until Trump spanks them again I wonder how many shoes they’ll throw at the wall this time. I’ve never seen grown adults whine and cry like babies as I did since 2016.

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