Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bernie Sanders' heart attack convinced AOC to endorse him in 2020 bid

Bernie Sanders' heart attack convinced AOC to endorse him in 2020 bid

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and director Michael Moore spoke at the gathering to declare their support for the presidential candidate.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has quickly become one of the most prominent left-wing House lawmakers since taking office in January, backed Sanders formally at the rally in Long Island City. "AOC!" during her 15-minute speech.

To raucous applause, he declared: 'I am back'. He's lost about two points in the RealClearPolitics average since it was announced that he'd suffered a heart attack. The delivery of his speech, as much as its content, seemed created to convince skeptics - and to warn political opponents - that Sanders can make good on his promise of waging "a vigorous campaign".

"They are doing everything they can to throw everything they can come up with, to get people to think differently about Bernie", Moore told the massive crowd. He was accumulating thousands of dollars of medical debt, he said, despite having some coverage through the existing Medicare plan for older Americans and a health maintenance organization. "What is that? Too old".

He predicted that the newly announced support from Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who will not be present Saturday, would help Sanders generate significantly more support from young people and minorities going forward.

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that it was early to make an endorsement in the primary process, but she said her support was not motivated by political strategy. And a lengthy list of promises it was. "I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States". The closest he came to mentioning any worldwide issue was a critical reference to "billions of dollars in defense spending".

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"I'm proud to say that the only reason that I had any hope in launching a longshot campaign for Congress is because Bernie Sanders proved that you can run a grassroots campaign and win in an America where we nearly thought it was impossible", Ocasio-Cortez said.

"I know that the Warren campaign no lower than would provide an replacement, even while I develop no longer mediate she represents all of the values that I in fact hold", Romeo Lemba, a 28-three hundred and sixty five days-dilapidated engineer in the list voltaic panel swap, suggested AFP. "Then, Bernie Sanders fought for me". Yet, to this reporter, it appeared that four out of every five people in the crowd was white. Some were rooted in tactical concerns that she wouldn't build a political operation to overwhelm the ruling class, as she's a "law professor" and not a "movement-builder".

Absent and unmentioned but nonetheless a palpable presence at the event was U.S. Sen.

The backing of Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a NY district near where Sanders will hold the rally, is expected to boost Sanders in his efforts to fight off fellow progressive White House candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has passed Sanders in opinion polls. Sanders told Killion that it was "very significant" to have Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement, given her rising profile in the Democratic Party.

He has found himself trailing behind both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez, better known by her initials AOC, was welcomed with chants of "Green New Deal", a reference to her proposal for a transition to renewable energy sources that has been taken up by Sanders as part of his policy platform.

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