Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement

Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement ,

Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old first-time congressman from New York, is seeing her newfound,

Political clout manifest in a new way – a race for her endorsement. With two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination, the support of Ms Ocasio-Cortez is being

Seen as a way to win over the young, energised voters who will help shape the race.

Those two are not the only Democratic hopefuls vying for an endorsement, it appears. Politico reported that both senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro have made “overtures”.

The enthusiasm is understandable. The Democratic Party’s progressive base appears fired up for change and many candidates hoping to win the right to take on Donald Trump are leaning its way.

Government-funded health care for all, a $15 minimum wage and bold action on climate change have been widely adopted by the field ahead of the first debate in June and the first primary vote next February.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year shocked the political establishment by ousting a 10-term Democrat in her own party

to take his seat, has become the progressive movement’s most recognisable star.

Asked recently about an endorsement by a CNN reporter, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said: “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.

“I think senator Sanders has that. I also think senator Warren has that.”

And, the questioner followed up, would she consider endorsing Mr Biden? Ms Ocasio-Cortez turned and walked away without a definitive answer.

Ms Warren has also laid out a left-wing platform taking on Wall Street and redistributing wealth but makes clear she remains a believer in capitalism.

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