During a recent interview with CNN New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t rule out the possibility of challenging New York Senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer next year. The progressive “Squad” member hasn’t ruled out the idea of running for higher office when faced with questions in the past but the lawmaker often keeps her answer vague in regard to the future of her political career.
According to The Daily Wire:
Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks during a CNN interview with Dana Bash that will air on Monday night. “I know it drives everybody nuts. But the way that I really feel about this, and the way that I really approach my politics and my political career is that I do not look at things and I do not set my course positionally,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“I know there’s a lot of people who do not believe that. But I really — I can’t operate the way that I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be aspiring to other things or calculating to other things,” she said in the interview.
Earlier this year, after President Joe Biden ruled out Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to forgive $50,000 in federal student loan debt, the congresswoman hit back and said Schumer was on her side, as the New York Post reported back in February. Schumer has, in fact, been an advocate for mass student loan forgiveness, and even has a mask that reads “Cancel Student Debt.”
Ocasio-Cortez seemed to give a nod to Schumer’s progressive stances, telling CNN in the soon-to-air interview, “For what it’s worth, Senator Schumer and I have been working very closely on a lot of legislation and that, to me, is important.”
Could AOC be a worthwhile contender against the veteran lawmaker? We will have to see.