Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Bernie Sanders for president

Andrew Weber
October 16, 2019 - 8:51 am
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) – New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is planning to endorse Bernie Sanders for president at a rally on Saturday.

The Sanders campaign confirmed the endorsement plans of AOC and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, another member of "The Squad," on Tuesday.

“The Squad” is a nickname for four freshmen progressive congresswomen of color including Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

Sanders' deputy communications director Sarah Ford says Ocasio-Cortez will appear with the senator at a rally in her home district in New York this weekend.

Sanders hinted at her backing during Tuesday's Democratic debate in response to a question about his age, saying his skeptics should attend his Saturday rally featuring a "surprise guest."

The endorsements are a major boon for the 78-year-old Vermont senator, who has faced questions over his health since suffering a heart attack two weeks ago.

The 30-year-old Ocasio-Cortez and 38-year-old Omar are progressive stars and frequent targets of President Donald Trump.

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