NY Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not ruled out a 2022 primary fight against Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow NY Democrat, during her interview with CNN’s Dana Bash.
In the CNN show “Being…” — which aired yesterday — Bash asked Ocasio-Cortez if she was thinking about a future run against Schumer.
Ocasio-Cortez laughed then said that challenging Schumer was something she was not currently thinking about. Nonetheless, she did not say she would never run against the Senate majority leader in a future election.
“I understand it drives everyone nuts. But the way I really feel and approach my own politics is that I don’t see things or set a course positionally,” Ocasio-Cortez said to Bash.
“I know there are a lot of supporters of mine who don’t believe this. But I really cannot work the way that I do and do these things in politics while attempting to aspire to other things,” she said.
“I make choices based on what I believe our people and community needs, and so I am not commenting on this.”
The Democratic congresswoman previously avoided this same question during an interview with conservative reporter John Bresnahan.
According to segments of this interview Bresnahan shared in his January 4th post via Twitter, when the reporter asked the congresswoman if she considered running against Schumer in the upcoming 2022 midterms, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’m a no bulls*** type of person.”
“I am still very much in a spot where I am trying to find the most effective strategy to help our Congress, our political process, and our nation actually deals with the issues like climate change, health care and wage inequality,” she said.
Schumer, who has been a New York Senator since 1999, will be re-running in 2022, according to the NY Post.
Though the senator is thought to be a “moderate” Democrat, unlike some other “moderates,” he has not been very critical of progressive Democrats, even siding with them on some occasions, CNN said.
Like other progressive Democrats — such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — Schumer has urged President Biden to cancel all student debts.
“For what it is worth, Sen. Schumer and I have been partnering closely on a lot of bills and that is important to me,” AOC said. “And so, we will see.”
Author: Scott Dowdy