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Potential Challenger Says Ocasio-Cortez Snubbed Debate Request

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s potential Republican challenger said the New York Democrat ran when he requested a debate in New York on Sunday.

Rich Valdes tweeted that he tried to “politely introduce” himself to Ocasio-Cortez during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and hoped to “invite her to debate the issues.”

He said that instead, she “cut her handshaking short” and “jetted to the other side of the street,” the New York Post reported.

“She literally ran!” Valdes told the NY Post.

Valdes is currently a talk show radio producer who has vowed to move from New Jersey to New York to try to unseat Ocasio-Cortez. He said that he wanted to debate her on the merits of capitalism versus socialism at the parade on Sunday, the NY Post reported.

Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angels founder, backed up Valdes according to Fox News.

“As soon as she saw him she did a pirouette — a spin — and she ran north on Fifth Avenue, ahead of her delegation, just to get away from Rich,” Sliwa said according to Fox News. “I heard Rich yelling after her, ‘OK, AOC. You can run — but you can’t hide!’”

Ocasio-Cortez has dodged other debates, including a health care debate offer in June from 2020 presidential hopeful John Delaney. She tweeted at him to “sashay away.” She also denied an offer to debate Ben Shapiro, podcast host and founder of The Daily Wire, who stated that he would give $10,000 to her campaign if she agreed to a conversation with him.


Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet that Shapiro’s offer was equal to “cat-calling.”

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” she tweeted in 2018. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”

Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, said that she did not run away from Valdes and “doesn’t owe anybody a debate,” according to the NY Post.

“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break,” Trent said according to the NY Post. “Tell him to run for office and she’ll debate him.”

Trent also said “good luck” to Valdes as he tries to vie for Ocasio-Cortez’s spot.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • SusanP says:

    She knows she cannot debate anyone on the issues. It would only prove she has a head full of “cotton, hay and rags” as the old song goes. She has not the knowledge or intelligence to debate a 7 year old.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    AOC refuses to debate anyone because she would have to have more intelligence than a rock! She doesn’t!

  • FEDUP365 says:

    She can’t even make a complete sentence and knows she would get slapped down for being such a complete MORON and knows that none of the garbage that comes out of her mouth would ever get to a vote. I am totally surprised that she hasn’t suffocated from forgetting to breath since we all know her brain doesn’t function.

  • RWF