According to a new article from Yahoo, Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been gaining such popularity among progressives that some in Iowa are already forseeing a future AOC presidency.
AOC only turned 30 in October making her ineligible to run in 2020.
She is also ineligible to be Vice President. Replying to a woman who told her “You’re going to be the first female president,” Ocasio-Cortez replied that “I’m hope I’m not the first” as she hopes a female President will happen sooner.
In a 2018 Vox article, Matthew Yglesias calls AOC “the biggest star in the Democratic Party” and argued “It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president,” urging her to challenge the constitution.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) December 12, 2018
If AOC were to run for President there might be some controversy as to which “squad” member would be her running mate.
Ilhan Omar? Rashida Tlaib? Ayanna Pressley?
One can only imagine.
As she took the stage here on Friday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., noted it was her “first time” in the key presidential primary state. But many of the thousands of people who came to see her campaign for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, were confident it wouldn’t be her last visit.
“You’re going to be the first female president,” one woman told Ocasio-Cortez as she met with audience members on a rope line after the event.
“I’m hope I’m not the first,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that she’d like a woman president “sooner” than that.
The Constitution prohibits anyone under the age of 35 from running for president or vice president. Ocasio-Cortez, who is 30, won’t be eligible until the next election cycle. And she isn’t backing any of the women running for president this year. She has thrown her support behind Sanders and traveled to Iowa to campaign with him at a trio of events on Friday and Saturday.
The fact that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t eligible to run for president herself was news to at least one supporter, Fanny Mandelberger, who came out to see the congresswoman campaign with Sanders in Des Moines on Saturday and said she hoped Ocasio-Cortez might “be his running mate.” Mandelberger responded with clear dismay when she was informed of the law.
“What? She can’t?” Mandelberger asked. “How old is she?”
When she was informed of Ocasio-Cortez’s age, Mandelberger was impressed.
“Good for her. Oh, my God,” she said.
The shock is understandable. Ocasio-Cortez’s career arc has been unprecedented. After scoring a shocking upset against one of the highest-ranking Democrats in the House of Representatives last year, she became the youngest woman in Congress. Her improbable victory, progressive brand of politics and strong presence on social media have kept her in the spotlight and made her one of the most visible members of the Democratic Party.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com