President Bernie Sanders.
It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? (jk)
Sanders, the 76-year-old socialist from Vermont who suffered a heart attack last month, is running a distant third in most polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race. But he’s already measuring the drapes for the Oval Office.
Sanders is promising that if he is elected president, he’ll tap Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to play a “very, very important role” in the White House.
Asked during an ABC News interview, Sanders breathlessly praised his fellow socialist.
“Look, I’ve said this before, let me say it again and I don’t want you to hear this because your head will explode,” Sanders said, looking over to Ocasio-Cortez, who was also there for the interview. “I don’t know of any person who in the course of less than one year has had more of an impact on American politics as a freshman member of Congress than she has.”
“If I’m in the White House,” he added, “she will play a very, very important role. No question. One way or another, absolutely.”
Bernie continued to praise AOC, saying “it’s not only that she has focus on the real issues impacting the American people, like climate change, the usury rates that Wall Street are charging working people in this country, but she has been an inspiration…to working people all across this country and to young people in particular.
“I happen to believe that the future of this country depends on young people becoming increasingly involved in the political process and there’s nobody I know that can do a better job inspiring young people than Alexandria,” he said.
AOC, who has endorsed Sanders, gushed about him in the interview.
“It’s about a personal story and a personal history, and I think his history and commitment is unique,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think we’re so used to electoral cycles about being the lesser of two evils that we are not used to selecting the best of great options.”
She also bashed billionaires like former New York City Michael Bloomberg, who is dipping his toe into the presidential waters.
“I don’t think billionaires should be president right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t think that that’s what this country needs, and I think that is going to take us further in the direction of wealth and political power concentrating at the very, very top of our country, and I think that our democracy should be for everyday people, not for purchase.”