Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will vote for presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the November election, she reaffirmed in a livestream appearance.
Speaking to rapper Fat Joe in an Instagram Live discussion Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was asked bluntly whom she planned to support between the general election candidates.
“In November, I’m going to be voting for Joe Biden … that’s what I’m going to be doing,” the progressive darling responded.
Fat Joe had told the Bernie Sanders supporter that there are “three things you can do: You can vote for Trump, you can vote for Biden or you can not vote at all. Who you going to vote for?”
The “Lean Back” rapper asked AOC if this was the first time she was revealing to the public what she planned to do when she filled out her ballot.
“I mean, I’ve been saying this whole time that we got to support the Democratic nominee,” she said, adding, “This is the time where I’m saying it declaratively like this.”
As for when she will make a formal endorsement, that remains unclear.
The “Squad” member is in discussions with the Biden campaign, finding places in which the progressive congresswoman shares common ground with the former vice president in an effort to unify the party to win back the White House.
Ocasio-Cortez told Politico last week that her aides were “having conversations with Biden’s team” in order to “figure out what some of these policy conversations will [be] looking like” as the general election takes shape.
The comments came just two days after Sanders (I-Vt.) announced his endorsement of Biden.
Biden’s campaign has been making active efforts to reach out to the progressive wing of the party, in some cases directly working with Sanders’ closest allies on the campaign, in an effort to avoid a “Never Biden” movement.
In the two weeks leading up to the Democratic socialist’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the race, Biden and his allies were in quiet contact with Sanders’ team, trying to find agreement on policy in an effort to unite the party, according to the New York Times.
AOC has long been a critic of Biden, once saying that the two would be in different political parties if they lived in another country. She softened her tone slightly as Biden began to run away with the race for the nomination.
Speaking last week on ABC’s “The View,” the progressive lightning rod said she was “absolutely” supporting the Democratic nominee in November, regardless of whether it was Sanders.
“For a lot of communities, this is an issue of life or death. We’ve had kids in cages, we’ve had a pandemic response that happened way too late, that has cost us lives, we have people that don’t have access to critical care that they need. I think it’s really important that we rally behind our Democratic nominee in November,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez went on to speak out against voters going with a third-party candidate if Biden isn’t their ideal pick.
“I think what’s really important is that we do realize that, at the end of the day, one of these two candidates are going to be elected president of the United States. It’s either going to be Joe Biden or it’s going to be Donald Trump,” she continued.