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In Day-After TV Appearance, Winning Socialist Candidate Is Not Pressed on Her Agenda

Susan Jones
By Susan Jones | June 27, 2018 | 10:10 AM EDT

28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated the fourth ranking Democrat in the House in Tuesday's New York primary. (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC)

The 28-year-old Latina who knocked a Democrat Party leader out of the running in New York's congressional primary Tuesday made her morning television debut on Wednesday.

Maybe it was the contrast with the "Morning Joe" sourpusses, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came across as downright delightful -- happy, peppy and brimming with positivity.

She told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Democrats need to "lay out a plan and a vision that people can believe in," rather than getting into twitter fights with the president.



Asked how she turned out the vote, Ocasio-Cortez said, "Our campaign was focused on, just a laser-focused message of economic, social and racial dignity for working-class Americans, especiallly those in Queens and the Bronx. We're very clear about our message, very clear about our priorities, and very clear about the fact that even if you've never voted before, we're talking to you."

The response thrilled the show's co-host Mika Brzezinski: "OK, so that's the clearest message I've heard from a Democrat in a long time," Brzezinski gushed.

Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, made it clear that her interests lie with the "working class people of the United States," but no one on the "Morning Joe" set asked her specific questions about the far-left positions outlined on her campaign website.

Here are those issues:

Medicare For All
Housing As a Human Right
A Federal Jobs Guarantee
Gun Control/Assault Weapons Ban
Criminal Justice Reform, End Private Prisons
Immigration Justice/Abolish ICE
Solidarity with Puerto Rico
Mobilizing Against Climate Change
Clean Campaign Finance
(Tuition-free) Higher Education for All (plus student debt cancellation)
Women's Rights
Support LGBTQIA+
Support Seniors
Curb Wall Street Gambling: Restore Glass Steagall

Ocasio-Cortez, who is just back from a trip to the Southwest border, told "Morning Joe" that "the moral character of our nation is on the line." She said the separation of children from parents who cross illegally is an "international human rights abuse" that demands an immediate solution.

The U.S. House candidate has never run for office before this. She earned degrees in Economics and International Relations at Boston University. "While there, she worked for the late Sen. Kennedy handling foreign affairs and immigration casework for constituent families," her campaign website says.

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