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Ocasio-Cortez dings Kasich over criticism ahead of convention

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.) accused former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) of fighting "against women's rights" after he suggested she has received “outsized publicity” relative to her role in the party.

Kasich, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, is set to address the virtual Democratic National Convention this week, as is Ocasio-Cortez. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, the former governor suggested the New York congresswoman is the beneficiary of publicity for “people on the extreme.”

“You know, I listen to people all the time make these statements, and because AOC gets outsized publicity doesn't mean she represents the Democratic Party,” he said. “She's just a part, just some member of it. And it's on both sides, whether it's the Republicans or whether it's the Democrats.”

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Ocasio-Cortez, in a tweet Monday, responded, “It’s great that Kasich has woken up &realized the importance of supporting a Biden-Harris ticket. I hope he gets through to GOP voters.Yet also, something tells me a Republican who fights against women’s rights doesn’t get to say who is or isn’t representative of the Dem party.”

The first-term congresswoman, who backed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primaries, will reportedly be granted one minute to speak at the convention. Kasich, meanwhile, is one of several Republicans set to address the convention Monday. Others include former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman, former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman and former Rep. Susan Molinari (N.Y.).

Although Kasich has been a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE, progressive Democrats have pointed to his record as governor in objecting to him getting a Democratic convention speaking slot, including his 2018 signing of laws that ban most abortions as early as 12 weeks into a pregnancy.