AOC slams candidates trying to 'purchase our political system' in apparent swipe at Bloomberg

Adam Warner
November 10, 2019 - 5:55 pm
AOC and Mike Bloomberg

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took an apparent swipe at potential 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg at a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa on Saturday.

AOC didn’t call out the former New York mayor and billionaire businessman by name, but her comment spoke for itself and came a day after Bloomberg filed to run in the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama.

“There are folks that are trying to completely purchase our political system, running as Republicans and now tossing in their hats as Democrats in the field as well,” AOC said. “But what we're here to say is that in a democracy, it shouldn't matter how much money you have. What should matter is whether you vote, whether you caucus, whether you turn out. It's the numbers. It's the people. It's the movement.”

Bloomberg appears to be moving towards a run but hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring. He became a Democrat in 2018 after running New York City as a Republican and then an Independent.

At the Sanders rally, AOC also attacked wealthy critics of her Green New Deal plan as “elitist.” Bloomberg has said the plan has “no chance” of passing the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

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