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Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president

Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate New York AG sues NYPD over excessive force at Black Lives Matter protests Pressley's chief of staff said her office's panic buttons 'had been torn out' before Capitol riot MORE (D-N.Y.) plans to endorse Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 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 poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.), a member of the so-called "squad" that includes Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Ayanna Pressley's husband tests positive for COVID-19 House Democrats call for investigation into 'suspicious' Capitol tours day before riot MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (D-Mich.).

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"Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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 BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo 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.