Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) again vowed to push Joe Biden further to the left should he win the election and added Democrats need to retake the Senate to avoid the burden of having to govern in a bipartisan fashion.
AOC, known as one of the more vociferous voices in the far-left element of the Democrat party, made the comments during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
In the segment, the ‘Squad’ leader dismissed bipartisanship as little more than “Republican manipulation.”
She hinted that the 2020 election could be a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to have the White House, the Senate, and the House majorities Democratically-controlled.”
“We have an obligation to the American people to show what a Democratic administration can actually accomplish,” claimed Ocasio-Cortez.
She went on to suggest her party needs to demonstrate to the American people “that we can govern” and do so as “a memorable shift from just a flatline of this idea of bipartisanship.”
AOC tells CNN that if Democrats take the Senate, the left can “shift” the country without worrying about being bipartisan.
“If we elect folks like Jaime Harrison, protect seats like Gary Peters, and unseat Republicans like Joni Ernst…” pic.twitter.com/IKd7vQv2BD
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) October 25, 2020
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AOC Scoffs at the Idea of Governing in a Bipartisan Manner
So much for the notion of reaching across the aisle. But then, was there any doubt that the fringe elements in the Democrat party plan a full-on takeover should they be voted in?
This is, after all, the same group that forced Democrats into conducting the first partisan impeachment in the nation’s history.
Also of little surprise, but noteworthy for voters, is that AOC has again telegraphed to the entire nation that she and her band of merry progressives plan on pushing Biden as far left as they possibly can.
“Frankly, I think it would be a privilege and it would be a luxury for us to be talking about what we would lobby the next Democratic – and how we will push the next Democratic administration,” she said.
AOC is very good at this pic.twitter.com/ZsrkPLOnPn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
AOC suggested progressives are “the base of the Democratic Party” and she will play a role in pushing Biden to accept their agenda.
“Is my job to push the Democratic Party? Absolutely,” she added. “And that has been a part of my role since I have been elected.”
AOC on Biden’s mixed messages about a fracking ban: “It does not bother me … I have a very strong position on fracking … however, that is my view … It will be a privilege to lobby him should we win the White House, but we need to focus on winning the White House first.” pic.twitter.com/U9NxHXBC9g
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
AOC Will Push Biden Left, Can’t Say She’ll Definitively Back Pelosi For Speaker
Earlier this month, the Working Families Party and all four members of the ‘Squad’ unveiled an agenda designed to push Biden to the far-left should he win the presidency.
Known as the “People’s Charter,” the plan seeks universal health care, re-allocation of resources away from policing, canceling student debt, and advancing the tenets behind the Green New Deal.
AOC has previously expressed confidence that she can push Biden as far left as possible, implementing policies such as the Green New Deal which has a price tag in the trillions.
In the interview with Tapper, Ocasio-Cortez also seemed to be gearing up for a fight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
When asked if she could commit to supporting Pelosi as Speaker again, she hedged.
“I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there. I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there.” she replied.
“But, if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her.”
Is AOC simply biding her time, ready for a takeover of the entire party should they sweep their way to victory?
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