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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez suggests a Bloomberg presidency would pave the way for 'a worse Trump' Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates 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 PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response 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 SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) for president, joining two other members of the "squad" of progressive freshman women who all were elected in 2018.