NEW YORK CITY, Ny. (CBS NEWS) – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 26-year-old organizer for Senator Bernie Sanders’ unlikely presidential campaign in 2016. A few years later, she’s a freshman congresswoman who has rapidly become a progressive star, and Sanders can hardly be considered an underdog in the primary race. One thing, however, has not changed: Ocasio-Cortez’s support for Sanders’ presidential aspirations.
Ocasio-Cortez is joining Sanders for a rally in Queens, New York, on Saturday afternoon where she plans to endorse him for president, CBS News has confirmed. The rally intends to showcase Sanders’ robust return to campaigning after the 78-year-old suffered a heart attack earlier this month. It is also proof that Ocasio-Cortez believes Sanders’ vision is the right one for the country.
Although Sanders has consistently out-raised other candidates – his campaign received over $25 million in the third quarter – he is not considered the frontrunner. His polling numbers have remained consistently high but has not achieved the kind of momentum seen with Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Warren’s numbers have exceeded those of former Vice President Joe Biden in recent polls. Warren and Biden are generally considered co-frontrunners, a position solidified by the Democratic debate on Tuesday.
Warren and Sanders share several policy positions, including Warren’s support for Medicare for All, a policy popularized by Sanders in the 2016 campaign. With Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement, Sanders intends to signal to progressives in the Democratic Party that he, not Warren, is the right person to represent the left in the Democratic primary.
Sanders has also been endorsed by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, another freshman congresswoman and rising progressive star in the Democratic Party.