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Dem pollster: Party shouldn't focus on 'promises of free everything'

Democratic pollster Ken O'Brien advised on Monday that the party should not be making "promises of free everything" to voters, specifically referring to New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

"I disagree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on many points, and also on a condition of 4 percent unemployment or so, we don't need to be guaranteeing jobs," O'Brien told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"There's still a lot of economic opportunity out there, and I think that's where the Democratic Party needs to focus, rather than promises of free everything," he continued. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a democratic socialist, beat longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District.  

The progressive candidate has championed various liberal causes such as debt-free college and single-payer health care.

Establishment Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (Calif.), have warned that Ocasio-Cortez's platform may work in her reliably liberal district, but may not be as easy to sell across the country. 

— Julia Manchester