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Two progressive heavyweights, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Michael Moore, officially endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New York on Saturday.
The freshman congresswoman and liberal filmmaker took the stage at the Vermont senator's "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens — his first since he— to explain to a crowd of 20,000 why they were "feeling the Bern."
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The senator put distance between his vision for American foreign policy and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. © Scott Eisen/Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders put distance between his vision for American foreign policy and President Donald Trump’s decision to wi “The difference between Trump and me is he lies. I don’t,” the 2020 presidential candidate from Vermont said on ABC.
Ocasio-Cortez said Sanders had been fighting for her entire life for the same issues that got her elected to Congress, emphasizing that when she was a child the senator had already been actively supporting public education, equitable housing, single-payer healthcare, LGBTQ rights and reduction of student debt.
"Bernie Sanders did this and fought for these aims and these ends when they came at the highest political cost in America," she said.
She said her experience in Congress standing up "to corporate power and established interests" further pushed her to support Sanders' candidacy.
"I have grown to appreciate the enormous consistent and nonstop advocacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders," she said.
The handful of speakers used their time on stage to attempt to push back against a narrative that Sanders is too old to run for president and could not be elected.
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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.
Moore claimed that news pundits were pushing forward this narrative that Sanders’ age and health would be an issue for his campaign. According to the filmmaker, Sanders’ age would only be a benefit.
“Here’s what’s too old: the electoral college is too old,” Moore said. “A $7.25 minimum wage: that’s too old. Women not being paid the same as men: that’s too old. Thousands and thousands of dollars of student debt. What is that? Too old.”
Moore also talked about challenges around the use of fossil fuels and high healthcare costs and said that the country would benefit from Sanders’ “wisdom and experience and love for the American people.”
"Not only can Bernie win, Bernie will win," Moore added.
That idea was also emphasized by Carmen Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who also spoke at the rally. She said Sanders earned her support when he came to the island without cameras and asked how he could help her constituents.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is seeking to bounce back in the Democratic presidential primary with an assist from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) .© The Hill Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Sanders will return to the campaign trail on Saturday in the New York City borough of Queens for the first time since he suffered a heart attack. He'll be with Ocasio-Cortez, who's expected to endorse him at the event.
Many of the other speakers — who included the senator's wife, Jane Sanders, and his national campaign co-chair Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator — also drew attention to these same issues.
But the greatest focus was on Ocasio-Cortez, who told NBC News before her speech that it was not a political calculation but "authenticity" that drove her endorsement.
“It was a moment of clarity for me personally in saying, ‘What role do I want to play?’” the congresswoman said. “And I want to be part of a mass movement.”
Sanders said he would be joined by a special guest at his rally during Tuesday's debate, and it was later revealed that Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar — bothof four progressive congresswomen — .
Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement is seen as a blow to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who had previously made an effort to work with Ocasio-Cortez on multiple issues, including inafter Hurricane Maria.
Nevertheless, Ocasio-Cortez's roots go back to Sanders' 2016 campaign for which she volunteered.
Sanders alsoin a long-shot bid against a powerful Democratic incumbent in a primary last year. "What she did is talk about the real issues," he said then.
Ocasio-Cortez returned the praise on Saturday, saying that Sanders had changed the direction of the party.
"We right now have one of the best Democratic presidential primary fields in a generation," she said, "and much of that is thanks to the work that Bernie Sanders has done in his entire life."
Elizabeth Warren downplays AOC endorsement snub .
Elizabeth Warren shrugged off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement snub after Bernie Sanders beat her to the liberal firebrand's support."I am a fan of the congresswoman. She's done some terrific work. We have worked together, and I know that once this primary is over we're all going to be on the same side," the Massachusetts senator said in Iowa on Sunday.
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