Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Democratic convention

Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Democratic convention
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-N.Y.) will speak at the virtual Democratic National Convention, organizers confirmed on Tuesday, after it was initially unclear whether or not she would have a slot.

The first-term New York congresswoman and progressive standard-bearer will speak next Tuesday. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.), for whom Ocasio-Cortez served as a prominent surrogate, is also set to address the convention on Monday.

After Sanders exited the race, Ocasio-Cortez co-chaired a climate task force developed as part of Sanders’s and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE’s unity commission. The task force’s recommendations formed the basis for much of the Democratic Party’s 2020 environmental platform.


Ocasio-Cortez will be one of several prominent Hispanic officials speaking at the virtual event. Democratic officials told CNN that former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Netflix pledges billion for production spending, expands New Mexico studio Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D) and Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoFavorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  McConnell, Graham warn GOP Senate majority on the line in Georgia MORE (D-Nev.) are also set to speak.

"Latinos are an integral part of the fabric of this nation, which is why we are making significant efforts to ensure Latino voices and experiences are highlighted throughout the Democratic National Convention," said Julie Chávez Rodriguez, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, told CNN. "Latino voters are critical to our path to victory, and as we continue to make our case for Vice President Biden, we will keep investing in reaching out to Latino voters and uplifting individual stories to showcase the diversity and experiences of Latinos throughout the country."

The theme of the Aug. 17-20 convention is set to be “Uniting America,” with the Democratic Party highlighting support for Biden, its presumptive nominee, from both moderates and figures on the party’s left flank who supported Sanders. The first-night lineup of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Sanders and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk MORE is also intended to highlight a broad ideological cross-section backing Biden.

Politico reported late last week that Democrats were split on how prominent a role to give Ocasio-Cortez. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), a close Biden confidant, told the publication he believed the party’s progressive wing was already sufficiently represented by Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass), who is scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

— This report was updated at 8:37 a.m.