Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the biggest Democrat stars in Congress.
But does Ocasio-Cortez have her eye on something else?
Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced a huge decision to quit Congress that left Democrats terrified.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has only served in Congress for two terms.
But Ocasio-Cortez is already eyeing the exits.
In an interview with left-wing activist Wesley Lowery, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her frustration at the speed with which Congress moved.
“Congress does not move first, it does not move early, it moves last. That is why we have never codified the right to bodily autonomy. It’s why we have never legislatively codified same-sex marriage or marriage equality, and a whole bunch of other things, contraception, none of that. Because it’s easier to just let the courts do it,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “We’re going to need robust mass movements that have already started. We’ve seen it in the labor movement, we’ve seen it in racial justice, and we’re going to need to continue to build that while also ensuring that we are staving off the very real threat of fascism in losing the House or Senate.”
Lowery then noted that it sounded like Ocasio-Cortez had a higher office – such as president – in mind.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by stating that she felt Congress was the best spot for her at the moment, but that her future in politics was something she constantly reevaluated.
“I try to think about how I can be most effective and, honestly, to this point, I have not come up with an alternative that I have found more effective than what I’m doing at the present moment,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “But this is something that I routinely revisit.”
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of running for higher office.
In October 2020 Ocasio-Cortez told Vanity Fair that she did not intend to spend her entire career in the House of Representatives.
“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the interview. “I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.”
At the time, some thought Ocasio-Cortez was maneuvering herself to challenge Senator Chuck Schumer in a 2022 primary.
But with polls showing upwards of 75 percent of Democrats wanting someone other than Joe Biden to run as the Democrat nominee in 2024, there is now an opening for Ocasio-Cortez.
Most of the assumed Democrat candidates – Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and J.B. Pritzker – are either white or establishment-aligned.
Ocasio-Cortez could campaign as the heart of the Democrat Party – a female minority socialist – and become the candidate Bernie Sanders never could be.
Sanders fell short in his two bids to win the nomination because he had no appeal to black voters.
In the identity politics-obsessed Democrat Party, Ocasio-Cortez could check all the right demographic boxes.
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