Leading Democratic presidential candidates are scrambling to showcase their alliance with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aiming to burnish their progressive credentials in a competitive primary.
“Her endorsement is one of the most sought-after endorsements in America right now,” progressive political strategist Rebecca Katz told INSIDER.
The increasing number of candidates sponsoring bills with Ocasio-Cortez highlight the sharp left turn of the policy debates within the Democratic Party.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders stood next to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when he introduced legislation last month to cancel all $1.6 trillion in student loan debt and make public higher-education free.
Then on Tuesday, he introduced a symbolic resolution with Ocasio-Cortez to declare climate change a national emergency.
Members of Congress who are running for president in 2020 continued latching onto Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday as Sen. Kamala Harris co-sponsored a bill with her that would make it easier for people with a criminal record to get federal housing aid. It was followed with another announcement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said on Twitter that she was reintroducing legislation with Ocasio-Cortez that would force corporations to disclose their exposure to climate-related risks.
The jostling among them is comparable to people elbowing each other to reach the front of the line.
Democratic presidential candidates are scrambling to showcase their alliance with Ocasio-Cortez, aiming to burnish their progressive credentials in a competitive primary where the New York lawmaker’s support could prove critical to their political fortunes. At least seven have sponsored or co-sponsored her bills proposing drastic changes to the economy, environmental policy, and education.
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