Ocasio-Cortez: 'Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party'

Source: The Hill | January 21, 2020 | John Bowden

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) returned to her criticism of the Democratic Party’s establishment on Monday, declaring the Democrats a center- or center-right party.

In an interview at MLK Now 2020 in New York, the freshman congresswoman lamented the unwillingness of party leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to allow progressive priorities such as “Medicare For All” to reach the floor for a vote.

“We don’t have a left party in the United States,” the congresswoman said. “The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party.”

“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare For All. Not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party,” she told interviewer, journalist and best-selling author, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Herself and other progressive lawmakers, she added, are “working to try to make that shift happen.”

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