At an Iowa rally, progressive voters already talk about an Ocasio-Cortez presidency . Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., noted it was her “first time” in the key presidential primary state.
But many of the thousands of people who came to see her campaign for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, were confident it wouldn’t be her last visit.
“You’re going to be the first female president,” one woman told Ocasio-Cortez as she met with audience members on a rope line after the event. “I’m hope I’m not the first,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that she’d like a woman president “sooner” than that.
The Constitution prohibits anyone under the age of 35 from running for president or vice president. Ocasio-Cortez, who is 30, won’t be eligible until the next election cycle. And she isn’t backing any of the women running for president this year.
She has thrown her support behind Sanders and traveled to Iowa to campaign with him at a trio of events on Friday and Saturday. The fact that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t eligible to run for president herself was news to at least one supporter, Fanny Mandelberger,
Sanders in Des Moines on Saturday and said she hoped Ocasio-Cortez might “be his running mate.” Mandelberger responded with clear dismay when she was informed of the law. “What? She can’t?” Mandelberger asked. “How old is she?” When she was informed of Ocasio-Cortez’s age, Mandelberger was impressed.
“Good for her. Oh, my God,” she said. Ocasio-Cortez’s career arc has been unprecedented. After scoring a shocking upset against one of the highest-ranking Democrats in the House of Representatives last year,she became the youngest woman in Congress. Her improbable victory, Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez’s ascent has not come without controversy.