While out on the campaign trail with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a minute to look beyond 2020.
“I know, and we all know, that this isn’t just about Bernie Sanders,” AOC said. “This is about a movement that has been decades in the making.”
AOC endorsed Sanders back in October and has been a powerful advocate in early voting states. She helps draw massive crowds. The rally crowds in delegate-rich states like Iowa, Nevada, California and New York have been impressive. As Sanders’ campaign makes strides some of the talks have shifted to AOC making a run for the White House.
“The future of the Democratic Party is not Pete Buttigieg. It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” said Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, president of the California Young Democrats. “She has gripped the attention of fellow millennials across the country. The Green New Deal has changed the conversation on environmental action in the Democratic Party.”
Right now, AOC is focused on getting Sanders elected in 2020. The two socialists blend together well and there is speculation that if Sanders wins the nomination that she could be his running mate.
When it comes to presidential candidates the largest rally crowds so far goes to Sanders. These large events have given AOC the opportunity to hone her skills. At one event held in Las Vegas, AOC did the town hall alone and spoke in Spanish.
Sanders and AOC supporters are looking beyond 2020 to 2024 and 2028. During a Sanders rally held in Los Angeles, Samuel Aguilera, a chiropractor, predicted that AOC would eventually take the White House.
“In fact, I’m excited about that. She’s intelligent. I’ve got three daughters, and I’m excited that she’s opening up our opportunities for women.” Another audience member at the event shouted “Ocasio-Cortez 2020!” as she spoke,” Aguilera said.
There could be one issue it is not clear how the country will react to socialism at that point. The Democratic establishment has taken Sanders’ chances of winning in 2020 much more seriously over the past few weeks.
The buzz about AOC has gotten louder over the past few weeks, especially after Sanders suffered a heart attack.
“It’s certainly helpful to him to have AOC’s support,” said Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “It reminded folks of his strength and support that he received in 2016.”
Buckley adds. “I think her talent and her skills are her own, and I think that they speak for something. I don’t think she needs anybody to promote her. She has that ability herself.”
Sanders’ long-time advisor, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ would not state if AOC would be Sanders’ vice-presidential candidate if Sanders won the nomination, but he did praise her.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader in the progressive movement,” he said. “She is broadly popular, frankly, among Democratic voters. She is particularly strong with young voters, voters of color. She’s an important national voice and adding her weight to the political revolution is a real coup for us.”