Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that she believes the "old way of politics" influences Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE's (D-W.Va.) thinking. 

“I do believe that that old way of politics has absolutely an influence in Joe Manchin’s thinking and the way he navigates the body,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Dana BashDana BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads MORE on CNN's "State of the Union." 

“The things that he cites, like this, I think, romanticism of bipartisanship, is about an era of Republicans that simply do not exist anymore,” the progressive lawmaker added. “And I think that the older-school way of accepting the role of lobbyists in Washington absolutely has a role in Joe Manchin's thinking.”

Ocasio-Cortez's comments came after Manchin announced last week in an op-ed that he will vote against the For the People Act. The sweeping election overhaul legislation would require states to offer mail-in voting, early voting and same-day voter registration. 

The House passed the legislation in March in a 220-210 vote. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that she feels optimistic about Manchin, who plays a pivotal role in the evenly divided Senate, changing his decision to vote for the bill, adding that he “left the door open.”