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Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Democratic convention

Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Democratic convention
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders Biden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge 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 SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief 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 Biden’s unity commission. The task force’s recommendations formed the basis for much of the Democratic Party’s 2020 environmental platform.

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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 GrishamMore states follow California's lead on vehicle emissions standards New Mexico fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report MORE (D) and Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mars rover prepares for landing The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint 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 BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE, 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 ObamaO.T. Fagbenle to play Barack Obama in Showtime anthology 'The First Lady' Gillian Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt in series on first ladies Obama, Springsteen launch eight-episode podcast 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass), who is scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

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