Reprinted from Politico by Quint Forgey on September 16, 2018.
New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended an ambitious slate of policy proposals Sunday, casting the various planks of her Democratic Socialist agenda as long-term investments that would pay dividends for future generations of Americans.
“What we need to realize is that these investments are better and they are good for our future,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“These are generational investments,” she said. “They’re not short-term Band-Aids, but they are really profound decisions about who we want to be as a nation and how we want to act as the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.”
Ocasio-Cortez in June ousted 10-term incumbent congressman and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in his Queens and Bronx-based district’s Democratic primary. Since that astonishing win, the 28-year-old former Bernie Sanders organizer has become the face of a groundswell of progressive candidates in 2018 to challenge longtime Democratic lawmakers for their seats. Some have other won; others, such as New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, have fallen short. …