AOC: Biden Nomination Would ‘Depress Turnout,’ ‘Not a Pragmatic Choice’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) criticized a potential Joe Biden presidential nomination in an extensive interview with Vogue, saying that Biden is not a pragmatic choice and his nomination would repeat the Democratic Party's mistakes of 2016.

On the precipice of the first Democratic presidential debate, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the 2020 Democratic primary. She outright rejected Biden's appeal as a centrist candidate. She took issue with the idea of a Biden nomination, saying that the nomination would "depress turnout."

"I think that he's not a pragmatic choice," she told Vogue. She compared a Biden nomination to Hillary Clinton's candidacy in 2016. "We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed," she said.

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She also criticized reaching out to Trump voters. "That's my frustration with politics today, that they're willing to give up every single person in America just for that dude in a diner," she told the magazine. "Just so that you can get this very specific slice of Trump voters?" she continued later.

The Bronx representative is reaching her one-year anniversary of besting longtime Democratic mainstay Joe Crowley in her district's Democratic primary. Since her election, Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the most outspoken young leaders in the Democratic Party.

Despite the strong criticism of Biden, Ocasio-Cortez declined to make a specific endorsement of a Democratic candidate so early in the primary.