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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Says a Biden presidential run doesn’t ‘animate’ her

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, said she will back whoever the Democrats nominate for president in 2020 — but she would clearly prefer someone other than former Vice President Joe Biden.

The freshman congresswoman, who became a rising star in the party after scoring a shocking victory against a high ranking Democrat last year, said she hasn’t picked a 2020 candidate to support.

“I truly do not have one yet. I truly do not,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”

But the prospect of a Biden run doesn’t “animate” her, she said.

At least 20 Democrats have entered the presidential race and others are considering joining their ranks. Ocasio-Cortez demurred when asked if she will back Sanders again, and threw out the name of another presidential candidate who has caught her eye, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“I’m very supportive of Bernie’s run. … I haven’t endorsed anybody, but I’m very supportive of Bernie,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “I also think what Elizabeth Warren has been bringing to the table is … truly remarkable, truly remarkable and transformational.”

While he hasn’t officially entered the race, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading many polls of the primary field. Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would support Biden.

“I don’t know. I mean … I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Isikoff noted she seemed decidedly unenthusiastic about the prospect of a Biden candidacy.

“That does not particularly animate me right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The congresswoman said she has “a lot of issues” with a potential Biden White House bid.

Former Vice President Joe Biden n Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Yahoo News’ Editor-In-Chief Dan Klaidman also asked Ocasio-Cortez whether she might one day run for higher office herself.

“I really don’t know,” she said. “I think about it every once in a while, but … this is pretty hard already.”

Klaidman asked Ocasio-Cortez to explain what she thinks about when considering the possibility of running for another position.

“I just want to be most useful and I’m not trying to kind of impose some personal ambition,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that, if a window opens and I feel like I can do well, and do better, and offer more to people, then I would consider it. But … I don’t have like a ten year plan or a five year plan or anything.”

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