Bernie Sanders Rally at Queensbridge Park this Saturday--With AOC's Endorsement?

Grant Boone
October 20, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. gave her endorsement to Sen.

Bernie Sanders isn't going anywhere.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential voice in the Democratic Party, formally endorsed Bernie Sanders for president at a rally in NY on Saturday, sending a clear message: the Vermont independent is most-qualified candidate to build a socialist movement in the U.S. "I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States".

Bernie Sanders returned to New York City on Saturday, drawing the largest crowd of supports in the 2020 election cycle thus far and marking his return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack on October 1. He called Ocasio-Cortez an inspiration to young people across the country, "who now understand the importance of political participation and standing up for justice".

Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer in Sanders' 2016 primary campaign.

The high-profile endorsement comes at a low-point for Sanders' campaign in the aftermath of his heart attack, as well as the meteoric rise of MA senator Elizabeth Warren in early state and national polls.

"His supporters are so much more passionate" than other Democratic candidates, said Christina Martin, 29, from Manhattan, who came to the rally with her mother, also a Sanders supporter and a breast cancer survivor. Elizabeth Warren in most polls. Since the heart attack, Sanders' support has slipped in national polls, but only slightly.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she felt compelled to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary because it was the "most authentic decision to let people know how I feel".

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"When I was a baby, my family relied on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care", Ocasio-Cortez said.

Interested in Bernie Sanders? But by December, he predicted, Sanders health scare will be forgotten. "And that's what we need to remember". Since entering office, Ocasio-Cortez has pushed for policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Sanders, who had two stents inserted in his heart to clear a blocked artery, said he is "feeling great".

Basking in loud chants of "Bernie's back, ' Sanders resumed campaigning weeks after being sidelined by a heart attack and told supporters he was ready to resume 'the epic struggle" for the White House.

"I feel decided", Ocasio-Cortez said.

In her remarks, she talked about her own personal story of growing up in NY and painted a grim picture of America, telling the crowd: "We are all always, it feels like, one accident from everything falling apart and we have to change the fundamental logic of a system and a politics that puts corp profit ahead of all human and planetary costs".

That makes the endorsements from Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and other progressives so key, said Sanders, as "they are able to generate and are generating enormous support among young people, among people of color, among working class people all over this country".

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