AOC: Biden Isn’t the Pragmatic Choice for Democrats
Joe Biden kicked off his quest for the Democratic nomination strongly and was heavily favored throughout the months of May and June. That success, has started to dissipate as candidates like Elizabeth Warren have begun to connect with the voter base.
The former Vice President has had difficulty connecting with young voters and took heat for comments concerning his work with segregationist senators. In a recent interview with Vogue, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talked about why she didn’t think Biden was the right candidate for the party.
Ocasio-Cortez traced the parallels between the potential candidacy of Biden and that of Hillary Clinton. She told the magazine:
“I think that he’s not a pragmatic choice. That’s my frustration with politics today, that they’re willing to give up every single person in America just for that dude in a diner. . .Just so that you can get this very specific slice of Trump voters? If you pick the perfect candidate like Joe Biden to win that guy in the diner, the cost will make you lose because you will depress turnout as well. And that’s exactly what happened to 2016. We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed.”
Depending on which poll you look at, Biden ranges anywhere from having a commanding lead, to sitting in third place behind Warren and Bernie Sanders. He will have the chance to reconnect with voters during Thursday night’s Democratic Debates. The former VP will appear onstage with candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.