Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wont say who shes supporting for president in 2020, but shes been increasingly outspoken about which Democrats she wont get behind. On Sunday, the congresswoman condemned former Rep. John Delaney, a 2020 candidate, after he declared that Medicare-for-all is bad politics and policy. “John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Delaney defended his position on healthcare and compared Democrats who booed him at the California Democratic Party convention to President Donald Trump. “Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so lets debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion,” he tweeted. Visit Business Insiders homepage for more stories. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wont say who shes supporting for president in 2020, but shes been increasingly outspoken about who she wont get behind.
On Sunday, the congresswoman condemned former Rep. John Delaney, a 2020 presidential candidate, after he declared that Medicare-for-all, “may sound good but its actually not good policy nor is it good politics.”
“If Democrats are serious about beating the president at the ballot box, we need less political grandstanding and more truth-telling from the Bernie wing of the party,” Delaney spokesman Michael Starr Hopkins said. “2016 should have taught us that if we allow this primary to become a popularity contest on Twitter rather than a debate of ideas in the public square, the country will lose."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells Democratic 2020 candidate to “sashay away” over health care views
Delaneys comments received extended boos at the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco.
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“Since theres so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over whos a frontrunner, maybe we can start [with] some general eliminations,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. “This awful, untrue line got booed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who ran on Medicare-for-all, followed up by insisting that single-payer would be less costly than the countrys current system.
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Delaney defended himself against Ocasio-Cortezs criticism in a series of tweets on Monday, arguing that Democrats should have an open debate about the future of healthcare policy. He also insisted that eliminating private health insurance — as some versions of Medicare-for-all would do — is a bad idea.
“Hey @AOC, we have the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there,” he wrote. “Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so lets debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion.”
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And Delaney, a former Maryland congressman, compared Democrats who shut down debate over healthcare to Trump.
“Intolerance to alternative points of view is not what the Democratic Party should be about,” he wrote. “Dont we get enough of that from Trump?”
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Ocasio-Cortez has also voiced her disapproval of former Vice President Joe Bidens 2020 campaign, calling his position on climate change policy a “dealbreaker” last month.
“There is no middle ground w/ climate denial & delay. Blaming blue collar Americans as the main opponents to bold climate policy is gas lobbyist 101,” the Bronx native wrote, retweeting a report that Biden would pursue a “middle ground” on climate policy. “Were not going to solve the climate crisis w/ this lack of leadership. Our kids lives are at stake.”
The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman hasnt endorsed a candidate for president yet, but shes expressed support for both Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Ocasio-Cortez sent this message to Delaney after the Maryland congressman was booed by crowds at the California Democratic Convention for saying that Medicare for All is “actually not good policy,” according to The Hill. More specifically, Delaney told the audience that “Medicare for All may sound good, but its actually not good policy nor is it good politics.”