Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Make a Show of Force in Queens
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October 19, 2019
On Saturday, at Bernie Sanders’s big “Bernie’s Back” rally in Queens, the guest of honor, apart from Sanders himself, was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Earlier in the week, word came that the young congresswoman, who is the most famous and successful member of the lefty cohort that traces its political activation back to Sanders’s insurgent 2016 Presidential campaign, would attend the rally and offer Sanders her endorsement—welcome news for a candidate navigating the most delicate personal and political moment of his campaign. Earlier this month, Sanders suffered a heart attack while campaigning in Nevada. Doctors inserted two stents into one of his arteries, and Sanders took a break from the trail to recover. On Tuesday, he appeared onstage with his Democratic opponents at a nationally televised debate. But it was Saturday’s rally that was billed as his comeback.
With Ocasio-Cortez’s presence already announced, the big news coming out of the rally was its size. According to the Sanders campaign, more than twenty-five thousand people crowded into a park in the shadow of the bridge known now as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, with the towers of Manhattan visible across the East River. It was the show of force that his campaign was looking for when they picked New York as their venue for this event. Sanders isn’t a reboot guy—consistency, of message and affect, is his calling card. But he needed to show he could respond to a health scare that made his age—seventy-eight—more of a topic than it already was. Even before the heart attack, Sanders was in a bit of a positioning trap, with Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden both recently polling ahead of him, one appealing to voters looking for the Party to make a progressive turn, the other appealing to voters who want to vote for someone they already know. Sanders was comfortably above the second tier of candidates in the race, but could he claim a spot in the first? Saturday’s rally was a reminder of the broad support he still commands.
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With AOC in His Corner, GOP Takes Fresh Look at Bernie
“Anyone who counted out Bernie Sanders is going to be wrong,” former 2016 Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo told The Daily Beast. “I see Bernie as far more formidable now than he ever was. With the endorsements from the freshman congresswomen, I think it brings a new life back into his campaign,” Caputo said, referencing both Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who also endorsed Sanders.
Caputo, a veteran Republican and pro-Trump campaign operative, sees many similarities between the Trump voters of 2016 and potential Trump or Sanders voters of 2020. With much of the presidential primary buzz centered around former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), he said it’s Sanders’ message that most closely aligns with swing voters—particularly in the Rust Belt—who went for Trump.
“We see the support for socialism and for progressive values going up every year. Bernie Sanders brought that brand of politics to the presidential level,” he said. “You’d have to be pretty overconfident not to see the challenge he creates not just for Donald Trump but for the Democratic Party.”
The Queens rally was a must-show of force for Team Sanders. In the days leading up to the event, and following the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio, the campaign sent out emails and social media blasts in hopes of generating the kind of momentum that would be enhanced by Ocasio-Cortez’s presence. In a fundraising email they called her one of “the great political phenomenons in modern American history.”
Some Democratic operatives unaffiliated with any campaign publicly acknowledged the endorsement. Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton’s national press secretary in 2016, wrote on Twitter “few endorsements actually matter in campaigns. But this one does.”
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