Kamala Harris praises Ocasio-Cortez: Her ideas 'should be discussed'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday offered praise for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Thunberg, Rapinoe make BBC's 100 most inspiring women of 2019 Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' MORE (D-N.Y.), saying she has introduced "bold ideas that should be discussed."

Harris, who made the comments during an interview on ABC's "The View," also said she thinks it is "fantastic" that Ocasio-Cortez is "challenging the status quo."

“I think she is introducing bold ideas that should be discussed," Harris said. "And I think it’s good for the party. I frankly think it’s good for the country."

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"Let’s look at the bold ideas, and I’m eager that we have those discussions. And when we are able to defend the status quo, then do it. And if there’s not merit to that, then let’s explore new ideas," she added.

Ocasio-Cortez earlier this week created headlines when, during a "60 Minutes" interview, she voiced support for a marginal tax rate of 60 or 70 percent on income over $10 million.

The freshman member has also pushed for legislation dubbed the "Green New Deal," which aims to completely eliminate carbon emissions in the U.S. within 12 years.

“It’s ambitious,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the "60 Minutes" interview, referring to the carbon emissions goal. “It’s going to require a lot of rapid change that we don’t even conceive as possible right now. What is the problem with trying to push our technological capacities to the furthest extent possible?”