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Schumer says he's focused on job when asked about possible Ocasio-Cortez primary challenge

Schumer says he's focused on job when asked about possible Ocasio-Cortez primary challenge
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday when asked about a potential primary challenge from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) that he’s focused on his job. 

“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week did not rule out a possible 2022 primary run against you,” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE asked Schumer on "State of the Union," referencing the representative’s interview with Politico Playbook last week. “Are you confident you could beat her?”

“Look, throughout my career, I have done my job. I'm totally focused on this COVID. We are the epicenter,” Schumer responded, referring to his home state. 

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“And I have found, throughout my career, you do your job well, everything else works out OK,” he added. 

Asked by Politico if she would run a primary campaign against Schumer in 2022, Ocasio-Cortez maintained that she is focused on her House reelection campaign. 

“I’m very much focused on my election in 2020, and honestly this news cycle is so insane, who knows where any of us are going to be in 2022?” she said. 

Pressed on whether she would rule out a run against Schumer, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I literally don't even think about this in any serious way so, like, I don't know.”

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most progressive Democratic lawmakers. She became the youngest woman elected to Congress in 2018, after defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyNY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney Carolyn Maloney will face Justice Democrats-backed primary challenger Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter MORE in a primary race.