According to GMA, former Vice President Joe Biden now takes up the mantle for the Democratic Party after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended a run fueled by left-wing enthusiasm and working class and progressives’ deep hunger for a revolution.
His departure forces the progressive wing to face a choice: line up behind a candidate whose longstanding centrism they’ve denounced; or dig their heels in even as gears now shift towards the general election.
Amid the economic and political uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic Party now must struggle to bridge the distance between their disparate factions.
Biden has signaled he’s working to woo those resistant progressive groups wary of the ‘establishment standard-bearer.’ Multiple sources tell ABC News that for weeks already, the Biden team has been reaching out to a range of progressive groups and individuals — long before Sanders dropped out — and including some of those who had endorsed Sanders.
The Hill reports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a new interview that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has not reached out to her.
The progressive first-term congresswoman was a high-profile surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who dropped out of the race last week.
She reiterated in an interview with The New York Times published Monday that she plans to support the party’s nominee.
“I’ve always said that I will support the Democratic nominee. But unity is a process, and figuring out what that looks like is part of this whole conversation that I think Bernie and [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren [D-Mass.] and other folks are a part of as well,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez also did not rule out a combined unity rally with the former vice president.
“Is a Biden-A.O.C. unity rally ever in the cards?” the Times asked.
“It could be. I have not talked to the vice president,” Ocasio-Cortez responded, adding that she doesn’t think she has ever spoken to Biden.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment.
Asked what type of outreach to progressives she would like to see from Biden, Ocasio-Cortez said he should get “uncomfortable.”
“There’s this talk about unity as this kind of vague, kumbaya, kind of term. Unity and unifying isn’t a feeling, it’s a process,” she said.
The unity focus needs to be on real policies, she added