AOC officially endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for President

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2019

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In an effort to energize the campaign, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized her personal story at Saturday's rally, and said she is supporting Sanders because he fought for progressive policies, even when they were not politically popular.

Sanders opened his remarks by apologizing that he secured a permit for only 20,000 people. The Examiner said the city had issued a permit for 15,000 people in the local park, but that about 10,000 people watched from outside.

Bernie Sanders isn't going anywhere.

"I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready - more ready than ever - to carry on with you on the epic struggle that we face today", he added.

"I am more than ready to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite and their apologists", Sanders told thousand of supporters in Queens.

The high-profile endorsement comes at a low-point for Sanders' campaign in the aftermath of his heart attack, as well as the meteoric rise of MA senator Elizabeth Warren in early state and national polls. "From the high polling, and the high expectations, he's been brought back down to earth", said Susan Casey, a Democratic strategist and veteran of several presidential campaigns in New Hampshire. Polls suggest he's lagging behind liberal rival Elizabeth Warren and establishment favorite Joe Biden.

Sanders, who had two stents inserted in his heart to clear a blocked artery, said he is "feeling great". Though an independent crowd estimate was not reported, a security firm that worked at the event counted 25,872 attendees, according to the Washington Examiner. "If she didn't endorse him, I would've been surprised". Although she didn't offer a full-throated endorsement from the rally stage, Sanders said the congresswoman would be traveling around the country as a surrogate for his campaign.

Firebrand Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday with a massive rally that marked the septuagenarian's return to the campaign trail following a heart attack earlier this month.

"She has been an inspiration to millions of working people and young people in this country, and her addition to this campaign is very, very significant".

Sanders explained during the rally that the proximity of the power plant to the largest public housing development in the United States was an example of "environmental racism" and his Green New Deal was here to help combat the problem. Saturday's rally was his only scheduled appearance before he returns to Iowa late in the coming week. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is also set to announce her support of the Vermont senator within the next few weeks. Tlaib hasn't announced whether she'll endorse Sanders, but she is part of the same small "squad" of minority women on Capitol Hill who gave been a target of President Donald Trump. After the debate, senior campaign adviser Jeff Weaver called it Sanders's best performance yet.

Moore told the crowd that age and health are not factors for Sanders (I-VT).

Nearly all the speakers during Saturday's event, which spanned several hours on a sunny, crisp fall afternoon, played down the health concerns.

"We are far ahead of where we were four years ago, in terms of staffing, in terms of activity", state communications director Michael Wukela said, adding that 72 percent of Sanders' staff in the state are people of color.

Nina Turner, one of Sanders' national co-chairs, said it "boggles my mind" that Sanders' critics have embraced "ageism".

"Is there a chance we'll look back and say he was falling and after his heart attack, he seemed to come around and steady the ship and maybe there's a moment he connects with voters in a different way?" she said. Bernie Sanders boomed to a cheering crowd that he is ready to get back to work.

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