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Politics Sen. Bernie Sanders receives endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez at NYC rally

22:45  19 october  2019
22:45  19 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Vermont Sen . Bernie Sanders returned to New York City on Saturday for a large rally to mark his return to the campaign trail after suffering a Ocasio - Cortez served as an organizer for Sander 's 2016 run and the two have introduced bold climate change plans. Two senior sources from the Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez drew loud cheers at a rally on Saturday in Long Island City , Queens.Credit Brittainy Mr. Sanders declared himself “so delighted” that Ms. Ocasio - Cortez had thrown her support behind his campaign, hailing her as “an inspiration to

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) holds hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his speech at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City.  This is Sanders' first rally since he paused his campaign for the nomination due to health problems. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)© Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) holds hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his speech at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. This is Sanders' first rally since he paused his campaign for the nomination due to health problems. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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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Sen . Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail in New York on Saturday for a rally with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , who delivered to him one of the most sought-after endorsements in progressive politics and called for a "mass mobilization" of young, working class voters in 2020.

It was the news that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez and Ilhan Omar are endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for president. No one argues that many voters pick a candidate based on who’s getting the most endorsements , or even based on endorsements from specific popular figures.

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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After suffering a heart attack a few weeks ago, Sen . Bernie Sanders held a large weekend rally in New York where the Democratic presidential candidate got a

Democratic presidential candidate Sen . Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail in New York for a rally with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-NY), who

“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 bold climate change plans. 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.

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez formally endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders ' 2020 bid at a massive rally in Ocasio - Cortez was a 26-year-old organizer for Sanders ' unlikely presidential campaign in 2016. Ocasio - Cortez later posted a video on Twitter announcing her endorsement .

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez gave Democratic Presidential Nominee Bernie Sanders her official endorsement as the two of them spoke on stage at a The rally was dubbed " Bernie 's Back" as it was Sanders 's first rally since recently being hospitalised with a heart attack.

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.

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The progressive New York congresswoman will join the presidential candidate at a New York rally .

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez will endorse Sen . Bernie Sanders for president, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night, a political coup for Ocasio - Cortez had worked as a volunteer organizer for Sanders ’s 2016 presidential bid; she was recruited to run for Congress in 2018 by Justice Democrats

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The rally comes at critical time for the Sanders campaign. Despite raising $25.3 million during the third quarter, national polling data compiled by ABC affiliate FiveThirtyEight shows 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. 14 Quinnipiac University poll showed 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 Oct. 15 Democratic debate -- 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.

'I am back,' Bernie Sanders tells supporters at NYC rally .
Storming past questions about his health, Bernie Sanders vowed that he's "more ready than ever" to fight for a political revolution — with a little help from new friends — at a rally Saturday that drew thousands to a New York City park. The rally offered a pointed reminder to skeptics in both political parties that the 78-year-old democratic socialist is still very much a force in the 2020 presidential race. Sanders opened hisSanders opened his remarks by apologizing that he secured a permit for only 20,000 people. His campaign, he said, was forced to close the gates on many more people who were trying to enter the Queens park just across the river from Manhattan.

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