AOC Doesn’t Rule Out Senate Run Against Schumer

AOC Doesn't Rule Out Senate Run Against Schumer

( – In 2020, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told Vanity Fair that she doesn’t plan to remain in the House forever. She said she didn’t envision herself staying where she is for the rest of her career, like some members of Congress. Recently, she took it a step further and refused to rule out a run for higher office.

During an interview that aired on Monday, August 9, CNN’s Dana Bash asked AOC if she planned to run for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) seat. The congresswoman said she doesn’t approach politics by setting her “course positionally.” She explained that if she’s always paying attention to “other things or calculating other things” she won’t be able to do her job effectively. Therefore, she said, “I’m not commenting on that.”

Although AOC didn’t say she would run, she certainly didn’t rule it out. That caused widespread speculation about what her plans are moving forward.

Schumer is currently one of the most powerful men in Congress. He’s also been there for more than 20 years, since taking his seat in 1999. If AOC decided to run against him, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s gone after the seat of a high-ranking Democrat. In 2018, she defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the man most people thought would take over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s seat in the primary, and then went on to win a seat in the House.

AOC is one of the most radical lawmakers in the country. She’s also relatively impotent in the House, but that would change if she were in the Senate. In the upper chamber, every single vote matters because power is evenly divided. She could sink important legislation by bulldozing her way through the Senate. What’s worse is that she could team up with her fellow Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders and try to pull the country in a horrifying direction.

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