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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that she believes the “old way of politics” influences Sen. Joe Manchin’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 Bash 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 Pelosi (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.”

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez CNN Dana Bash For the People Act Joe Manchin Nancy Pelosi New York

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