Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden

Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMissouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 Louisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test Joining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Democrats need to focus on winning the election before pushing for specific policies from a potential Joe Biden administration. 

“I don’t want us to start counting our chickens before they hatch,” she said. “I think we need to focus on winning the White House period,” citing that the race remains close in several battleground states such as Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The New York progressive told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Democrats and young voters have to prioritize helping Democratic nominee Biden win the presidential election, saying it will be a “luxury” to be able to lobby a Democratic administration.

“We need to make sure that we win this White House,” she said. “Frankly, I think it would be privilege and would be a luxury for us to talk about what we would lobby Democratic and how we would push the next Democratic administration."

Ocasio-Cortez said she thinks young voters are “disciplined,” “realistic” and “pragmatic” about their vote and will side with Biden.

“There is no question that Joe Biden is a much better person in that position to be receptive... than Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE.”

She added it will be “critically important that the Biden administration appoint progressive leaders” when asked if Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.) should be offered a cabinet position if Biden wins.

Ocasio-Cortez backed Sanders during his 2020 presidential campaign.