New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez filed paperwork that reveals her future political plans ahead of what is already expected to be a competitive 2024 election cycle.
The New York Democrat wants to represent her Bronx district again, filing paperwork to run for re-election and squelching — for now — rumors she was planning to run for the U.S. Senate. The Democratic socialist also spoke about her plans to be active in the 2024 election cycle.
In a sit-down interview with The Guardian, AOC spoke about the upcoming election and admitted there’s a perennial conflict that exists among leftists.
Ocasio-Cortez, who recently endorsed President Joe Biden’s 2024 re-election campaign, also warned that Biden cannot take progressives for granted in the coming year and called on Democrats to band together to combat “fascism” in the country.
When speaking about her Green New Deal, which has gone nowhere since she introduced in years ago, admitted that Biden did sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law last year.
While it featured a $369 billion investment in clean energy and climate action, AOC ripped Biden for recently approving more oil and gas drilling permits in his first two years in office than former President Donald Trump.
“What is difficult is that the climate crisis does not really care about the political complexities that we very much have to grapple with in our work. We can celebrate all of these policies that result in reductions but we also can’t erase them with increased oil and gas production. I’m very concerned about where our net math is on that because we can calculate, yes, we had an enormous amount of reductions that are represented in the Inflation Reduction Act, but this is not something that can be measured necessarily in dollars and cents,” Ocasio-Cortez whined.
“We can celebrate all of these policies that result in reductions but we also can’t erase them with increased oil and gas production,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez also bragged about being a self-described socialist.
“I think it means that we have a US political system that’s not parliamentary, to my envy of many other countries. There were so many people that were so up in arms about that comment, which I likely maintain to this day. But I find that parliamentary systems allow for a larger degree of honesty about the political coalitions that we must make. It’s just a reality that we have very different political coalitions that constitute the Democratic party and being able to define that, I actually think grants us much power. It’s to say, listen, I am not defined by nor do I agree with all of the stances of this president, and I’m sure neither does he with mine,” AOC said.
Ocasio-Cortez rounded out her interview why noting that Trump will likely win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and has a legitimate shot at defeating Biden in the general election.
“We should be candid about the fact that his chances as the nominee are still the strongest, probably out of the entire [Republican] field, and what that means. There’s very real danger here because, with our electoral college, we know it doesn’t matter how many millions more votes you get. It’s about the smattering of states who just represent a few thousand votes’ difference between Trump and Biden,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“We are not in 2020, and seeing what that turnout may look like is something that I’m sure keeps many of us up at night. But that being said, I know that this is why, to me, support of President Biden has been very important, because this question is larger than any policy differences. This is truly about having a strong front against fascism in the United States,” she added. “In 2020 the Biden campaign, after the nomination, did work very hard to unite the party. We’re very early still in the 2024 election cycle, but I do believe that it will be very important for President Biden’s team to onc