Former Vice President Joe Biden showed his age – and not the right way – when he responded negatively to his remarks about working with segregationist senators, said Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., in an interview published Wednesday. .
Ocasio-Cortez told the New Yorker that Biden's performance during the first democratic primary debate had raised questions about his cognitive abilities.
"It's not only centrist in itself. It's a big problem when you have a hard time talking about segregationists and you're wrong in terms of discussion, that's a big problem, "she said.
Before these comments, she answered another age-related question by saying that President Trump was not "all here".
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Biden's comments became a sore point during the debate when Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Emphasized this problem and voiced her opposition to the federal government imposed bus traffic. After the debate, Biden apologized for the pain he could have caused with the segregationist comments and his wife categorically denied he was a racist.
Ocasio-Cortez also said that Biden's initial refusal to apologize was another indication that he was not ready to hold a position. "So, I think the # 1 indicator on this is, does the person know how to excuse?" she asked.
"And if you do not know how to apologize for praising segregationists, it's already a red flag because I think people are very forgiving of that." I think people understand that During their career, as the country evolves, our policy will evolve. "
The Ocasio-Cortez interview revealed a deeper divide within the party in which older politicians and the establishment clashed with younger, more progressive newcomers as she .
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The New York congressman appeared to criticize Biden in a veiled attack after his campaign suggested adopting a moderate approach to climate change – an apparent challenge to his ambitious "Green New Deal".
Biden responded to the criticism by highlighting his progressive past and finally endorsed the Green New Deal framework as part of his proposal to tackle climate change as president.
Biden pointed to the divergence within the party when he defended his position adopted for several decades on the Hyde amendment – a position he has reversed against critics of other Democrats. Ocasio-Cortez seemed to be referring to the Hyde amendment – which banned federal funding for most abortions – while talking about Biden's age.
"I think talking about women's rights is a big issue," she said. "Fighting women today is a big problem, I think they're systemic issues, for example, they're very deep, they're not blunders, they're problems."
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During his interview, Ocasio-Cortez also expressed his support for the Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And to Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. – Progressive leaders perceived polls as having the best chance of stealing Biden's favorite status in the presidential race.
"Well, I'm really pro-Sanders in the sense that I want him to do well," she said. "I want him to succeed, but there are also other candidates, you know, I think Elizabeth Warren is doing a great job as well."
She also confirmed that these two people had asked her at least once or twice to give her approval. "I think I've had one or two – and with other candidates too, not just those two – but it's not like that constant pressure." This was probably raised once, "she said about the endorsement conversations.
The new congressman urged the Democratic Party to portray itself as the "FDR party", a reference to the former president whose "New Deal" seemed to serve as a model for his vision of climate policy.
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She complained that the Democrats were too often on the defensive. "I think we have become the party of boredom and the attempt to do everything for everyone, and that does not mean that we have to exclude people, but that we should not be afraid of" To have a clear message, "she says.
This message included the claim for a "living wage", stating that health care is a "right".
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"And what we call daring programs, or Republicans call socialists, are things that they have always called socialists," she said. "And [we should] wear it, understand that's what they'll say, but do not run away from policies that can change people's lives. "