She might go with Joe after all.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly talking to Joe Biden’s campaign about a possible endorsement of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
But she wants to see him veer a bit to the left first on issues like health care, immigration and Puerto Rico.
“I would love to see the vice president clarify and deepen his policy stances on certain issues," Ocasio-Cortez told Politico. "But aside from that, you know, I think it’s incredibly important that we support the Democratic nominee in November.”
The lefty firebrand and leader of the progressive squad was a key backer of Bernie Sanders, the onetime rival who endorsed Biden on Monday.
Biden has managed to unite most Democratic leaders behind him since effectively ending the primary race with a crushing string of primary victories. Along with Sanders, Elizabeth Warren endorsed Biden on Wednesday and President Barack Obama got behind him a day earlier.
Ocasio-Cortez is a popular figure in the progressive wing of the party and a giant on social media, but she may be overplaying her hand by making demands of the ex-vice president.
Although Biden has tweaked his policy stands to appeal to the left in recent weeks, neither Sanders nor Warren won specific concessions in exchange for their endorsements.
AOC faces a potentially tricky primary fight in June in her district that includes chunks of Queens and the east Bronx. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a conservative former CNBC anchor, is challenging her for the Democratic nod in the deep-blue district.
AOC is a strong supporter of Medicaid for All, while Biden has proposed strengthening Obamacare and adding a public option. She wants to decriminalize illegal immigration and give Puerto Rico the option of becoming the 51st state.
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