AOC Ducks GOP Challenger After He Confronted Her About Her Socialist Views: ‘She Literally Ran!’

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According to radio producer Rich Valdes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wasn’t keen on debating any political challengers during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.

Valdes, a potential Republican opponent for Ocasio-Cortez in the upcoming election cycle, said that he approached the congresswoman to have a conversation about capitalism versus socialism.

But the lawmaker “cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street,” Valdes said.

“She literally ran!” he added.

He claimed that he believed the parade would be a good neutral place to have a conversation, but Ocasio-Cortez did not agree.

“I thought this was a good time to try and get a response but I honestly only saw the back of her head as she trotted across the street,” said Valdes.

Fellow radio host Curtis Sliwa said that Ocasio-Cortez ran ahead to avoid speaking with Valdes.

“As soon as she saw him she did a pirouette — a spin — and she ran north on Fifth Avenue, ahead of her delegation, just to get away from Rich,” he said.

Valdes allegedly called out to her with no response.

“I heard Rich yelling after her, ‘OK, AOC. You can run — but you can’t hide!’”

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman Corbin Trent responded to the New York Post, claiming that Ocasio-Cortez was not running away from the confrontation, but simply continuing to walk in the parade.

“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break,” Trent said.

The spokesman also stated that Ocasio-Cortez “doesn’t owe anybody a debate,” and said to tell Valdes “to run for office and she’ll debate him.”

As IJR Red previously reported, many of Ocasio-Cortez’s policies are controversial and some have been found to be unsustainable. The lawmaker was also seen as responsible for Amazon backing out of building their new headquarters in her district, yet it is uncertain if these issues will affect her reelection.

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Kim
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I understand why a candidate would choose not to debate an issue during a parade- they may not want to distract from the meaning of the parade- say, a Memorial Day or Veterans Day parade. In this case, I think Miss AOC is trying to stay under the radar when she’s not protected by the walls of the House. She has some serious violations concerning campaign finance laws and I believe her violations run deeper than initially reported and she probably knows the investigation will reveal how irresponsible and corrupt she and her associate really are.

Chris Smith
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Chris Smith

That woman needs to GROW A BRAIN!!! She is PATHETIC!!

Friend
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Doubt if it will affect her re-election , look at CA , keeps re-electing Pelosi even though they have become a rat hole over her 30 years of representing them ….makes no sense almost like they LIKE shooting themselves in the foot !

Bboyken
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Bboyken

Great for republicans that she is the new face of the democrats!

Bboyken
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Bboyken

I think it’s great for republicans that she is seen as the new gent of the dems. Lol

steve
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steve

She was not briefed as to what to say by her handlers

Brian Harding
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Brian Harding

AOC is a political train wreck!

Phoenix
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A parade is not a place politicians are ever willing to get into political discussions.

My home town area was a key battleground area for candidates so we often had senate and govenor candidates come for our July 4th parade.

I’ve seen many candidates – Democrat and Republican – tuck tail and run during a parade. They don’t even stick around to talk to their supporters so, while humourous, its hardly out of the ordinary.

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