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DNC 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes no mention of Biden in DNC nomination of Bernie Sanders

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn't feel the pressure of the presumptive nominee during her moment in the Democratic National Convention spotlight. On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez gave a nominating speech for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the DNC, and made no concessions to former Vice President Joe Biden in the short time she had on the virtual stage — as is standard practice for a nominating speech for another candidate.

Ocasio-Cortez started by thanking the "mass people's movement" supporting Sanders and "working to establish 21st-century social, economic, and human rights, including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages, and labor rights for all people." That movement realizes America's economy "rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many," she continued, and acknowledged that people are "looking for deep, systemic solutions" to all of this. And at the end, she credited Sanders for building this coalition, while not mentioning Biden's name at all.

Watch Ocasio-Cortez's whole speech below. Kathryn Krawczyk