With 21 candidates to choose from, the 2020 Democratic primary race is too overwhelming for many to back just one candidate, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
When asked by reporters Thursday who she would support, she didn’t have a specific answer.
“Personally what I would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent worldview and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward,” she said.
“I’m entertaining but it’s not going to be for a while,” she said on making an official endorsement.
When asked about the current front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, the New York congresswoman seemed less excited. “I’m not sure yet,” she said. “I mean, now it’s getting a little nuts.”
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ICYMI- Here is our conversation with @AOC about what it will take to win her 2020 endorsement. She said it will take “a while” to decide. She is considering @BernieSanders & @ewarren but didn’t seem high on @JoeBiden. pic.twitter.com/sT69GTusVN
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) May 9, 2019
Warren and Sanders aren’t surprising choices for Ocasio-Cortez. After all, she worked on Sanders’ 2016 campaign. Hours before she dropped his name Thursday, the two teamed up for a policy proposal that caps credit card interest rates at 15%.
Ocasio-Cortez has often aligned herself with Sanders’ messages, once using his success in Midwestern states to prove her ideas align with people beyond her constituency.
With respect to the Senator, strong, clear advocacy for working class Americans isn’t just for the Bronx.
Sen. Sanders won:
We then lost several of those states in the general. What’s the plan to prevent a repeat? https://t.co/99K08qr7SH
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 1, 2018
Warren and Ocasio-Cortez have seen eye-to-eye on many policies as well. The Massachusetts senator even penned an article in praise of the freshman congresswoman in this year’s Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Few Democratic lawmakers have been willing to make endorsements this early in the game. Even former President Barack Obama hesitated to endorse his former right-hand-man Biden.
But the clock is winding down. The first Democratic primary debate is now less than seven weeks away and Americans will first cast their votes in less than nine months in the Iowa caucus.