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Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden

The Hill logo The Hill 10/25/2020 Justine Coleman
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Democrats need to focus on winning the election before pushing for specific policies from a potential Joe Biden administration.

"I don't want us to start counting our chickens before they hatch," she said. "I think we need to focus on winning the White House period," citing that the race remains close in several battleground states such as Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The New York progressive told CNN's "State of the Union" that Democrats and young voters have to prioritize helping Democratic nominee Biden win the presidential election, saying it will be a "luxury" to be able to lobby a Democratic administration.

"We need to make sure that we win this White House," she said. "Frankly, I think it would be privilege and would be a luxury for us to talk about what we would lobby Democratic and how we would push the next Democratic administration."

Ocasio-Cortez said she thinks young voters are "disciplined," "realistic" and "pragmatic" about their vote and will side with Biden.

"There is no question that Joe Biden is a much better person in that position to be receptive... than Donald Trump."

She added it will be "critically important that the Biden administration appoint progressive leaders" when asked if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should be offered a cabinet position if Biden wins.

Ocasio-Cortez backed Sanders during his 2020 presidential campaign.

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