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Ocasio-Cortez: Dems Key to Victory Is 'What Are We Proposing?'

Ocasio-Cortez: Dems Key to Victory Is 'What Are We Proposing?'
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By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:41 PM

Democrats should sharpen their message and avoid petty squabbles with President Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday after her shocking upset over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York Democratic congressional primary.

The 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez was running for the first time, and up against Crowley, who has spent two decades in Congress and was thought to have an inside track to become the next House speaker if Democrats recapture the majority in November.

"We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not 'What are we fighting against?'" Ocasio-Cortez said.

"We understand that we're under an antagonistic administration, but what is the vision that is going to earn and deserve the support of working-class Americans? And we need to be explicit in that vision and legislation, not just 'better,' but what exactly is our plan?"

She insisted that "I think that's really the path forward... getting into Twitter fights with the president is not exactly I think where we're going to find progress as a nation."

Ocasio-Cortez, who was outspent by an 18-1 margin, argued that Crowley had lost touch with his district, in part due to spending so much time in Washington.

"Our campaign was focused on just a laser-focused message of economic, social and racial dignity for working-class Americans, especially those in Queens and the Bronx," she said. "We were very clear about our message, very clear about our priorities and very clear about the fact that even if you've never voted before we are talking to you."

She also emphasized that organization and hard work were keys to victory, saying, "I started this race out of a paper bag. I had flyers and clipboards and it really was just nonstop knocking on doors and talking to the community."

She added: "I felt like our party could be better, and our message could be better," stressing that "I knew that our community needed a very clear voice and I think we deserved representation that rejected lobbyist funds and put our voters and our community first."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should sharpen their message and avoid petty squabbles with President Donald Trump, after her shocking upset over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York's Democratic congressional primary.
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