‘If we want to pursue an ambitious agenda that delivers for working-class America, the Democratic Party has to change who they answer to…’
She considers Lipinski and Cuellar too moderate for her agenda.
“If we’re not going to pass ‘Medicare for All’ unless the [House Democratic] caucus changes, then I need to be a part of changing the caucus. That’s just how it is,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t want people to die, and I want to cut our carbon emissions by 50% in 10 years.”
AOC’s decision to fight against her own party members comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the Squad did not have any real power in the House of Representatives.
“They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got,” Pelosi said as she rejected the Squad’s objections to border funding legislation in July.
Now she believes she can primary Democrats whenever it suits her, but she could soon realize that constituents in New York’s progressive 14th district do not think the same way as those in Illinois’s 3rd district or Texas’s 28th district.
“If we want to pursue an ambitious agenda that delivers for working-class America, the Democratic Party has to change who they answer to. And they have to answer to working-class people,” Ocasio–Cortez said.
“And it’s not because of something I said. It’s because of something everybody else said: ‘You don’t have the votes, people here aren’t going to support that.’ Then we have to change the people who are here if we are serious about delivering for working-class people.”