AOC says Democratic Convention target audience was white moderates
Progressive New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) doesn’t believe that the Democratic party did enough to cater to its base, particularly young progressives like herself.
“Would I have done things differently? Of course. But as a young progressive Latina I know I was not the target audience for this convention. The target audience for this convention was white moderates who aren’t sure who they’re voting for in November,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Do I agree with centering the programming on that audience? Not necessarily. I think we could have done more to rally turnout enthusiasm from our party’s base.”
The New York congresswoman wasn’t alone in her thinking. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) was also unhappy with the lack of progressive voices at the convention.
“They should have had more progressives speaking, giving them speaking spots,” Sanders said in an interview. “If your question is, ‘Should progressives, Alexandria and others, receive more time?’ Yes, I do think so, absolutely.”
Sanders and fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) were given prime time speaking slots during the convention but they were largely overshadowed by establishment party figures and in a rare occurrence…even some Republicans. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) were both given opportunities to convince moderate Republicans to cross over and vote for Biden.
Overall, both Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders sang the praises of the convention organizers for pulling off the first completely remote political convention. It was truly a historic event with both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris giving their acceptance speeches in almost empty rooms that lacked the normal pomp and circumstance of a party convention.
“I can also respect that the folks who won the nomination get to call the shots,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The congresswoman made headlines when she used her one-minute convention speaking slot to nominate Sanders for president. Despite the nomination, she maintains that she fully supports Biden in the upcoming election.
Ocasio-Cortez also took issue with a Biden adviser saying that government spending in a Biden administration would likely be limited due to deficits created by President Trump.
“We need massive investment in our country or it will fall apart. This is not a joke. To adopt GOP deficit-hawking now, when millions of lives are at stake, is utterly irresponsible,” the congresswoman tweeted.
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