CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?'

CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Young minority voters show overwhelming support for Biden: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) why as a woman of color she would "back an old white guy" during an interview that aired Monday.

The freshman congresswoman had announced she was endorsing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) for president and appeared at a rally together on Saturday.

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“As a woman of color, why back an old white guy? And is this the future of the party?” asked Killion after Ocasio-Cortez spoke at the Sanders rally in Queens, N.Y.

“I’m actually very excited about this partnership because it shows what we have to do in our country is that we have to come together across race, across gender, across generation," Ocasio-Cortez added, while sitting next to Sanders.

 



At another point of the joint interview, Killion asked Sanders if he was considering making the 30-year-old Ocasio-Cortez his running mate.

“I think I’m too young for that,” the congresswoman said in answering for Sanders.

"She answered the question," an amused Sanders added.

The 30-year-old would not be eligible to become president until she turns 35, according to the Constitution. 

Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer for the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign before successfully running for Congress in New York's 14th district by defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) Crowley'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary MORE in a primary.