AOC: ‘Very real risk’ Dems lose to Trump without ‘transformational’ candidate

Adam Warner
June 16, 2019 - 2:25 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is warning Democrats that they should nominate a progressive candidate “fighting for true transformational change” or they run a “very real risk of losing” to President Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments in an interview with ABC's Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday.

“I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States,” she told Karl.

She says a progressive candidate would support things like Medicare for all, tuition-free colleges and a $15 minimum wage.

She also said she thinks the Democratic field is too large and that Democrats should be thinking about Congress too.

“We have so many Senate seats to take and the fact that we aren't discussing that more -- even if we win the presidency and we don't win the Senate -- we are not going to be able to get a robust agenda passed in the way that we envision it,” she said.

AOC said she’s not yet ready to endorse one of the dozens of Democrats currently running for the White House, and she said, “I do not see myself endorsing anytime soon.”

The congresswoman said she’d support former Vice President Joe Biden if he’s nominated but that there “may be some discomfort” for voters over allegations against him about inappropriate touching and comments.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is the candidate who most resembles the kind of candidate she’s looking for, she said.

“I think that (Sanders) does that excellently. I think his policies do that excellently,” she said, adding that Sen. Elizabeth Warren also captures what she's looking for.

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