Politics Sen. Bernie Sanders receives endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez at NYC rally
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The senator from Vermont wins the backing of the congresswoman from New York, a major coup and a potential blow to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.The surprise endorsement is a political coup for Sanders, 78, who has been fading in the polls and has faced growing questions about his age and health. Before Tuesday’s Democratic debate, he had been sidelined from the campaign trail for two weeks by a heart attack.
At the rally dubbed the “Bernie’s Back Rally, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the senator, announcing her support of his candidacy in front of the thousands who gathered for the event at Queensbridge Park along the East River in Queens.
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The park is just miles from the congresswoman's district.
“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question, and assert, and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing, education, and a living wage," she said.
She outlined the issues she said are most important to her and her constituents -- public housing, climate change, environmental justice, her support for a living wage and easier access to health care -- that align with Sanders’ platform.
During her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez framed Sanders as the leader of the progressive movement.
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“Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular," she said. "He fought for these aims and these ends when they came at the highest political cost in America. No one wanted to question this system."
Ocasio-Cortez served as an organizer for Sander's 2016 run and the two have introduced boldplans. Two senior sources from the Sanders campaign told reporter's after the Oct. 15 debate of a potential endorsement from the New York congresswoman.
Although Ocasio-Cortez didn’t offer a full-throated endorsement from the rally stage, Sanders said the congresswoman will be traveling around the country to campaign for him.
Before introducing Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez warned that this election is not just about defeating the incumbent President Donald Trump, but also about creating transformative change within U.S. institutions.
Michael Moore joining AOC at Bernie Sanders rally in NYC to announce endorsement
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore announced Friday that he will be joining Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., at a rally in New York City on Saturday for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.“I am joining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tomorrow to officially & publicly endorse a true hero of the people, Senator Bernie Sanders, as our next President of the United States!” Moore posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon. “I will speak tomorrow for him at his “Bernie Is Back!” rally at 1pm in Queensbridge Park in NYC.
Sanders first thanked his supporters for their well wishes in the aftermath of his hospital stint.
“I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready, more ready than ever, to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today,” Sanders said. “I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States.”
Her added, “To put it bluntly, I am back."
Other members of the so-called squad -- or liberal freshman congresswomen of color -- have been tied to Sanders’ presidential bid. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar announced her endorsement of Bernie Sanders with a video earlier this week. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib hasn’t endorsed Sanders, but is slated to tour her district with the senator later this month.
Before Sanders even took the stage, his wife Jane, documentarian Michael Moore, campaign co-chairs San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner addressed supporters.
At one point during the rally, the crowd started chanting, “lock him up,” after Cruz mentioned President Donald Trump.
“You know what, let’s vote him out,” Cruz said in response.
Bernie Sanders to rally in New York in comeback from heart attack
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The rally comes at critical time for the Sanders campaign. Despite raising $25.3 million during the third quarter, national pollingshows Sanders backsliding in many of the polls, falling just short of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Results from an Oct. 14showed primary voter support for Sanders fell around 11%, compared to Biden's 27% and Warren's 30%.
This is Sanders’ first campaign event -- aside from the-- since his heart attack in Nevada and it could serve as a means to reinvigorate his campaign.
Sanders spent the first couple moments on stage looking out into the cheering crowd, claiming they had to turn people away because more than the permitted 20,000 attendees had come to the park.
Sanders launches first ad touting AOC endorsement .
The Bernie Sanders campaign is launching its first ad highlighting his massive rally in New York City on Saturday — and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of him.The 30-second digital spot, part of a six-figure ad buy in Iowa starting Tuesday, features a popular line from Sanders' speech at the rally as well as images of the huge crowd.
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