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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she will get behind Joe Biden, a moderate, if he becomes the nominee.

 
 
Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2020 03:01 pm
AOC urges people to unite behind whoever becomes democratic nominee,
says defeating Trump 'More Important Than All of Us'




Published March 6, 2020



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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she has concerns that people may not come together behind whoever is the eventual Democratic nominee and said the most important thing of all is to beat President Donald Trump at the election.

Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2020 race, told Seth Meyers she will get behind former vice president Joe Biden, a moderate, if he becomes the nominee.

"I've said throughout this entire process that what is so important is that we ultimately unite behind who that Democratic nominee is," the New York Democrat said during her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday evening.

"I think it's a two-way street. I've been concerned by some folks that say if Bernie's the nominee they won't support him and the other way around.

"Right now, November, you know, this is more important than all of us and we really need to make sure that we defeat Donald Trump at the polls assuming—and knowing—how insane it's going to get between now and then."

Both Sanders and Biden have some substantial differences on major policy issues. But they have also both committed to fully support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee in their efforts to win back the White House from Trump and the Republicans.

There are signs, however, that not all supporters of Sanders or Biden would follow their favored candidate's lead.

A poll in January suggested that only a small majority of Sanders supporters would get behind the eventual nominee if their choice did not win.

The National Emerson College Poll of 1,128 registered voters between January 21 and January 23 found that 53 percent of Sanders supporters said "yes" when asked if they would support the Democratic nominee even if it is not their candidate.

Another 31 percent of Sanders supporters said it depends on who the nominee is and 16 percent said no altogether. The poll, conducted via landline calls and an online panel, has a 2.8 percentage point margin of error.

In contrast, the poll also found that 87 percent of Biden supporters said they would vote for whoever the nominee is while 5 percent said "no" and 9 percent said it depends on the nominee.

At the end of February, the Democratic strategist Tom Watson highlighted his "anecdotal panic data" about Democrats who say they would not vote for Sanders if he became the nominee.

"I've had more lifelong, super active, petition gathering, small contribution giving, endless meeting attending regular Democrats here in the now blue suburbs say they won't vote for Sanders if he's the nominee than any other likely nominee ever," Watson tweeted.

"I always say the same thing: are you out of your mind?! You have to vote Bernie. Strangely, that doesn't work. There's a level of pure antipathy I've never seen before - far beyond Dean-Kerry or Clinton-Obama or even Sanders-Clinton. Some kind of switch has been flipped."

https://www.newsweek.com/aoc-ocasio-cortez-bernie-sanders-biden-trump-2020-1490891
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2020 03:11 pm
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’ll back democratic nominee,
even if it’s not Bernie Sanders.



Published March 6, 2020


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) may be all in for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2020 Democratic primary, but on Thursday the congresswoman committed to supporting whoever wins the party’s nomination.

“I’ve said throughout this entire process that what is so important is that we ultimately unite behind who that Democratic nominee is,” Ocasio-Cortez told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers.

The results of the Super Tuesday primaries effectively mean the race is now between Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“And I think it’s a two-way street,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’ve been concerned by some folks that say if Bernie’s the nominee, they won’t support him, and the other way around.”

“This is more important than all of us,” she added. “We really need to make sure that we defeat Donald Trump at the polls, assuming, and knowing, how insane it’s going to get between now and then.”

Ocasio-Cortez formally endorsed Sanders, who she has previously credited with inspiring her for getting into politics, in October.

“We deserve a president who understands that the corporate assault on our lives existed before Trump and it will exist after Trump,” she said at the time.

Sanders, meanwhile, pledged at a rally in Arizona on Thursday that he’d support Biden if he became the nominee.

Joe Biden is a decent guy, and I know if he wins the nomination, I will be there for him,” he said. “And if I win, he will be there for me.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-bernie-biden-trump_n_5e6229fec5b691b525f0f41b
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2020 03:11 pm
Now if only Sanders would be as vocal about this.

...and Biden as well.

Since it appears to be down to the two of them, they should both be meeting up and stating that the ultimate goal is to depose the despot, Trump and therefore they will support and will vigorously campaign for the other Dem if they receive the nomination.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2020 03:18 pm
@Sturgis,
per the link - and previous ones - Sanders has consistently gone with the vote blue message. he doesn't seem to be able to get the message to get through to his supporters. Biden's supporters are already at the 87% level of vote blue regardless of candidate (per above link).

not sure what Sanders can do at this point. his team has gone the personality route for so long that it's likely difficult to turn the boat.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2020 03:19 pm
@ehBeth,
Oope...


I need to work on my reading skills....
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coldjoint
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2020 05:45 pm
She better not let Joe get behind her.
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livinglava
 
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Reply Sat 14 Mar, 2020 07:31 am
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

per the link - and previous ones - Sanders has consistently gone with the vote blue message. he doesn't seem to be able to get the message to get through to his supporters. Biden's supporters are already at the 87% level of vote blue regardless of candidate (per above link).

not sure what Sanders can do at this point. his team has gone the personality route for so long that it's likely difficult to turn the boat.

It's not really about who gets elected so much as it is about trying to fix politics to where civil discourse and freedom of thought reclaims its rightful place above factionalism.

Currently, the mentality that the point of voting is to oust one party and replace it with the other amounts to a factional-domination model of democracy, which is inherently undemocratic.

We have to return to the true spirit of democracy where individuals think independently and overweigh different candidates and parties without being married to one or the other and/or being corralled into 'beating the other team.'

Teamism/factionalism is collectivist and thus not acceptable politics in a democratic republic. When individuals start orienting toward politics/democracy as a collective content to overpower other collectives/factions, it undermines the individual independence/liberty to consider different points of view and formulate an individual perspective independent of party/faction.

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"The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned but never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest. And now in that spirit, that spirit of an America which has never been, and which may never be; nay, which never will be except as the conscience and courage of Americans create it"
- Learned Hand
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