|Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)|
The following quotes are from: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Rookie Congresswoman Challenging the Democratic Establishment, CBS's 60 Minutes Overtime, hosted by Anderson Cooper, 6 Jan 2019.
Anderson Cooper: About the level of coverage she, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is getting by FOX and others, “…they are trying to make you out to be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party and with the idea being that the Democratic Party is radical and is far to the left and wants all these dangerous things. That seems to be one of the subtexts.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I can see why FOX would consider a living wage to be a radical far left agenda when they are supporting the incarceration of children at our border. I can see how they see that us believing that people should have the legal right to apply for asylum is so vastly different than their punitive policies to build a wall and shut our borders. It is radically different from their point of view. But, we're not the ones that are advocating or defending the violation of human rights and they are.”
Anderson Cooper: What you are talking about, just big picture, is a radical agenda — compared to the way politics is done right now.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Well, I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security."
Anderson Cooper: Do you call yourself a radical?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah. You know, if that's what radical means, call me a radical."
Anderson Cooper: How are you going to pay for all of this?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "No one asks how we're gonna pay for this Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut. We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, healthcare and education. How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these— ambitious policies."
About working within the Democratic Party...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "There are a lot of folks that I think sometimes want to brand me as a flame thrower. But really the truth, I think the truth of what I am is a consensus builder."
About knowing where she is going...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "I know that when the sunsets on my life I want to tell my children that we established a single-payer system, tuition-free universities, and that we saved their climate for their future because we decided to be courageous in the moment and make it happen."
and finally, this...
Anderson Cooper: These are politically dangerous tactics that you're using...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah—"
Anderson Cooper: You've heard that?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah".
Anderson Cooper: Do you believe it?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "It's absolutely risky. it requires risk to try something new, but also we— we know so much of— of what we've tried in the past hasn't worked, either."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a catalyst for change for the better for us the 99.9%… the average Americans, Joes and Janes... as well as all the others... throughout the world.
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