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Ocasio-Cortez: 'Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHarry Styles hits back at criticism over wearing dress on Vogue cover 'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Obama says Democrats should make sure Ocasio-Cortez has a platform MORE (D-N.Y.) returned to her criticism of the Democratic Party's establishment on Monday, declaring the Democrats a "center or center-conservative party."

In an interview at MLK Now 2020 in New York, the freshman congresswoman lamented the unwillingness of party leaders, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (D-Calif.), to allow progressive priorities such as "Medicare For All" to reach the floor for a vote.

"We don’t have a left party in the United States,” the congresswoman said. “The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party.”

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“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for All. Not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party,” she told interviewer, journalist and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

She and other progressive lawmakers, Ocasio-Cortez added, are "working to try to make that shift happen."

Ocasio-Cortez, who joined the House last year after defeating a longtime incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), has since clashed publicly with Pelosi and other House Democrats over issues such as the Green New Deal and immigration.

She recently endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) for president, joining two other members of the "squad" of progressive freshman women who all were elected in 2018.