Obama endorses socialist Ocasio-Cortez

Obama endorses socialist Ocasio-Cortez
Birds of a feather: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barack Obama (Image: YouTube screen grab)

By Joe Simonson

Former President Barack Obama included support for New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a slew of new endorsements for the midterm elections announced Monday.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in June in an upset that shook the party establishment. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Splitting The Democratic Party In More Ways Than One)

A dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez’s victory signaled a sharp shift to the left among the Democratic Party base.

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Despite her war against the party’s establishment, Ocasio-Cortez still earned Obama’s blessings.

“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama in a statement. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something. They’re running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service. I’m proud to endorse so many of them today, and I’m eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.”

Obama’s new round of endorsements signals his eagerness to dive into the upcoming elections. Since September, Obama has campaigned for candidates in Illinois, Ohio, California, and Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee responded to Obama’s endorsement in an email to The Daily Caller.

“President Obama oversaw slowest economic recovery in modern history and it cost Democrats more than 1,000 seats. By tying these candidates to his failed economic policies, he’s helping ensure they suffer the same fate,” said Michael Ahrens.

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