Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez on their progressive push in deep-red states

Oops! Dem Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Dems to ‘Flip This Seat Red’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly minted progressive star from NY, hit the campaign trail in deep-red Kansas with Sen.

"There is no decision about the party leader until we win the House first", Ocasio-Cortez said, In response to host Margaret Brennan's question on to whether she'd consider endorsing Pelosi for speaker. The 28-year-old Democratic rising star is stumping for two young, progressive Democrats hoping to win Democratic primaries in Kansas and MI. "Whether you live in Vermont or the Bronx or Kansas, you are outraged by a situation in which three people in this country own more wealth than the bottom half of America", he continued. "That is the crucible and soul of this state", she said. Asked if she agrees with that assessment, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized that it was her platform, and the organizing work her campaign did, that paved the way to victory.

"But what this moment requires of us, just as it was in 1861, what this moment requires of us is for everyday people to do more than they have ever done before to reclaim the soul of this nation", Ocasio-Cortez said. "At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, and when real wages for ordinary workers continue to decline, these are the issues working families feel strongly about".

Subscribe to our daily or weekly digest. And Democrats have seen more than 20-point swings in special elections in some states and districts over the a year ago and a half, including in Kansas' 4th District.

Republicans in the 3rd District outnumber their Democratic counterparts by more than 50,000, while unaffiliated voters also edge Democrats. Among the issues highlighted on the civil rights attorney's campaign site are "fighting for women"-which includes a vow to protect reproductive rights, support for Medicare for All, and "fighting for criminal justice reform".

Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to Wichita", Thompson said in a statement". A February poll of likely voters conducted on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) by Public Policy Polling found the Democrat had a 7-point lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. "Prairie populism is alive and well in states like Kansas", he said.

Ocasio-Cortez's arrival onto the Democratic scene has split the party, exciting the base on one hand while also sparking criticism from the party's center - who fear that far-left ideas could end in electoral defeat in swing states. "And that's why if Democrats want to win in a place like Kansas, not only can they run on Brent Welder's pro-worker message, they must run with his pro-worker message".

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