Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are a package deal, he told his supporters during an interview on ABC News.
Sanders, who is currently top-3 in nationwide polling behind Biden and Warren, promised his supporters that if he is elected to work in the White House that he will be giving Ocasio-Cortez a “very, very important role,” the Western Journal reports.
Sanders did not specify whether the role would be within his administration or if he would simply rely on her as a potential leader in Congress but the two far-Leftists would be working together for some time if he were to win.
During an interview alongside Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders praised the congresswoman and told ABC News’ Rachel Scott that she had already made an impact in Congress despite her short time there.
“I don’t know of any person — I’ve in Congress for a few years — who in the course of less than one year, she’s been in office less than one year, who has had more of an impact on American politics as a freshman member of Congress,” Sanders said per the Western Journal.
“At the end of one year, she is a leader of the United States Congress and her ideas are resonating all over this country. If I’m in the White House, she will play a very, very important role, no question, in one way or the other,” he continued.
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have formed a close professional relationship as the two share a similar far-Left ideology. Ocasio-Cortez previously credited Sanders with her own run for Congress. Here’s more from the interview, per the Western Journal:
During the interview, both Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders criticized former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is considering joining the large group of Democrats candidates running for the party’s nomination in 2020.
“I don’t think billionaires should be president right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that our democracy should be for everyday people, not for purchase.”
Sanders added, “He’s too important. You see, when you’re worth $50 billion, I guess you don’t have to have town meetings, you don’t have to talk to ordinary people. What you do is you take out, I guess a couple of billion dollars, and you buy the state of California.”
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The Western Journal reports their relationship has been symbiotic on the campaign trail as the congresswoman has helped reach younger voters:
With Ocasio-Cortez by his side, Sanders has brought in larger crowds of between 2,000 and 2,4000 people to each of his three campaign stops in Iowa this past weekend, Politico reported.
“Some campaigns struggle to make 1,000 face-to-face contacts in a week,” Sanders’ Iowa state director, Misty Rebik, said. “We just tripled that in 24 hours.”
During the interview, the presidential candidate also weighed in on the ongoing presidential impeachment process.
“I happen to believe that in Donald Trump we have a president who has obstructed justice,” Sanders claimed. “I think he has used the office to enrich himself and his family, which is in violation of the emoluments clause.”