Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, a sign of the president’s strength in uniting his party to win the support of one of the most radical member of the party
ViaMICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press
NEWYORK — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, sending a strong signal of Democratic unity from one of the party’s most radical members.
“I think he did pretty well, given the limitations we had,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the “Pod Save America” podcast on Thursday. “I think there are ups and downs.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist from New York, has railed against Biden and party leaders at times, including voting against the deal the president negotiated. with Republicans in May to raise the national debt ceiling and the only Democratic vote against spending bills to keep the government running and avoid a partial government shutdown.
She endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and declined in an interview last year when asked if she supported the incumbent president. in 2024 or not.
Biden is facing major nominal challenges for next year’s election ahead of self-help author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Ocasio, when asked about whether she supports Biden, said: “I believe, given that field, yes.”
The congresswoman said she felt Biden got off to a strong start to her presidency with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, aimed at easing the impact of the pandemic, and the Inflation Reduction Act, a climate and health care legislation.
“But,” says Ocasio-Cortez, “there are also areas where I think I could have done better.”