Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports Biden’s re-election campaign

NEW YORK (AP) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, sending a strong show of Democratic unity from one of the party’s most liberal members.

“I think he’s done quite well given the limitations that we have,” Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday on the Pod Save America podcast. “I do believe that there are ups and downs.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., speaks during a Congressional Progressive Caucus news briefing on the impending default Wednesday, May 24, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist from New York, has at times taken a stand against Biden and the party’s leaders, including the deal the president brokered with Republicans in May to raise the country’s debt ceiling and when single Democratic vote against a spending policy Bill to keep government functioning and avoid a partial government shutdown.

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She endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and disagreed in an interview last year when asked if she would endorse the incumbent president in 2024.

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When asked if she would support Biden, Ocasio said, “I think in that area, yes.”

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The congresswoman said she felt Biden got off to a good start in his presidency with the passage of America’s bailout plan aimed at alleviating the effects of the pandemic and the Inflation Reduction Act, a key climate and public health law.

“But,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “there are also areas that I feel could have gone better.”

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