AOC: ‘In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview published Monday that Democrats nationwide can cultivate “too big of a tent,”
Asserting that she and her party’s 2020 frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, Magazine about what role she might play as a member of Congress should Biden capture the White House, the freshman House Democrat from New York responded with a groan.
“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”A spokesperson for the Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
The remarks by Ocasio-Cortez represent a fresh repudiation of Biden, who spent decades in the Senate before serving as vice president. He is widely seen as the standard-bearer in the 2020 race for moderate ,
Democrats and has voiced opposition to progressive legislation championed by Ocasio-Cortez and her allies. The congresswoman — who has endorsed Vermont Sen.
Biden has praised Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the left-leaning “squad” of freshman congresswomen as “brilliant” and “really smart,” but warned their political ideology was not representative of most elected Democrats.
Ocasio-Cortez also offered criticism in Monday’s story for congressional Democrats, accusing her party’s lawmakers of too often working to appease the interests of their most conservative members.
She has frequently broken with House Democratic leadership since assuming office in January 2019. “For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a tea party of the left?’
And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” Ocasio-Cortez said.