Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president

Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders says Ocasio-Cortez will play a 'very important role' in his administration if he's elected Top Sanders adviser suggests polling underestimates campaign support Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-N.Y.) plans to endorse Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (I-Vt.) for president this week, a move that could provide a much-needed boost to his campaign.

An aide to Sanders confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday night that the freshman lawmaker will throw her support behind the Vermont Independent.

The news came on the same night Sanders secured an endorsement from Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarKrystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down Sanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia MORE (D-Minn.), a member of the so-called "squad" that includes Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJustice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibKrystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Sanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't MORE (D-Mich.).

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"Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography," Omar said in a statement Tuesday. "And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020."

Ocasio-Cortez will join Sanders at his "Bernie's Back" rally just outside the freshman lawmaker's congressional district, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the planned endorsement.

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, told the newspaper, "We're looking forward to Saturday."
 
Sanders, who has been struggling to keep pace in the polls with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE (D-Mass.), had announced during Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Ohio that a special guest would join him at a rally in the New York City borough of Queens on Saturday. 
 
Ocasio-Cortez's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Ocasio-Cortez, who was a volunteer organizer for Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign, has been one of the most influential figures among progressives since she defeated former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a 2018 primary.

Her endorsement could deal a blow to Warren, who is competing with Sanders for the liberal wing of the party's base.
 
Sanders brought in $25.3 million during the third quarter of 2019, more than any other Democratic candidate.
 
News of the endorsements came during the last hour of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, where Sanders took the stage about two weeks after suffering a heart attack at a campaign event.
 
Updated at 11:57 p.m.