Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democratic representative, announced last Saturday (October 19, 2019) that she is backing up Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for presidential nomination under the Democratic party.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’ endorsement, being one of the most sought-after, injected the much needed boost in bringing hope to Senator Sanders’ faltering presidential campaign, The latter was temporarily stalled after undergoing heart surgery at the height of his political campaigns; but was able to emerge as fit and raring to go during the October 2019 Debate in Ohio.
Sources said that while Senator Sanders was recuperating from a heart attack episode, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez gave him a call to inform him that she was endorsing his candidacy. It was widely known before that the influential Congressional freshman was choosing between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She said she saw in both of them what she was looking for in a presidential candidate:
1) Focus in addressing income inequality that has long affected the working-class people of America, and
2) The determination to tackle the problems and issues related to climate change.
Why AOC Chose to Endorse Bernie Sanders Over Elizabeth Warren
Fondly referring to the 78-year old Senator as “Tio Bernie,” which translates as Uncle Bernie, AOC fondly recalls how the Senator had provided her and people like her, the hope and inspiration to work toward improving their life in America. His grassroots campaign made her believe that it is possible to win a seat in Congress and become the voice of her people.
At the time when she was one of the many middle class workers who received the least in minimal wage for working 12 hours a day without no structured break time, she did not think her kind was entitled to such things as health care benefits. Everything changed when she heard Bernie Sanders spoke about recognizing their inherent values not only as human beings; but as citizens of the U.S. who deserve health care, housing opportunities, educational services and a decent living wage.
According to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, she found it difficult to choose between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She arrived at a decision to choose Tio Bernie because of how he became an inspiring force in her own drive to become a Congressional representative of her district.