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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting 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 PelosiDemocrats face critical 72 hours Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — 'Too late to evacuate' after wildfire debris Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor 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 SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE (I-Vt.) for president, joining two other members of the "squad" of progressive freshman women who all were elected in 2018.