Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday she embraces the “Democratic Socialist” label but doesn’t want to force other Democrats to try and do the exact same.
“It’s part of whatever i am; it may not be each of what I am,” Ocasio-Cortez said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “And I believe what a vital distinction.”
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Last week, Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley during the Democratic primary achievable York’s 14th Congressional District, stunning the political establishment. She aligned herself sticking with the same Democratic Socialist movement that propelled Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while in the 2016 election, but said she’s not looking to spread the label to Democrats.
“I’m not aiming to impose an ideology on all several hundred folks Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But I do think that, again, it’s not about selling an ‘-ism’ or maybe ideology or maybe a label or possibly a color. That is about selling our values.”
On CNN’s “State within the Union,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was asked whether she thinks Ocasio-Cortez’s views are definitely the way ahead for the party.
“I think it is the way ahead for the party from the Bronx, where she’s,” Duckworth said. “I are convinced we, as legislators, will need to tune in to our constituency and become available. I do think what she did was, she did the hard work. She pounded the pavement, and she was in existence speaking with most of her constituents.”