Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president

Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention More than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island MORE (D-N.Y.) plans to endorse Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan 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 OmarDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle MORE (D-Minn.), a member of the so-called "squad" that includes Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Biden's Red Queen justice: How he destroyed both the investigation and the reputation of border agents MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Who's the boss? Pelosi's legacy sealed after kowtowing to 'the Squad' Democratic civil war hits new heights MORE (D-Mich.).

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"Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event 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 BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves 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.