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AOC on Biden, Other Dems of the Past: ‘I Don’t Want to Go Back, I Want to Go Forward’

It has not escaped notice that the former VP, running in 2020, does not have the backing of key Democrats

Image Credit: Facebook, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & Shutterstock

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti has endorsed Joe Biden for the 2020 race, saying, “He has my enthusiastic support.”

Well, OK — but some other key people on the Left today have not been so enthusiastic.

Speaking on April 14 even before former Vice President Joe Biden officially declared his candidacy for the White House, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) indicated that a Biden run didn’t particularly excite her.

During a radio interview, Ocascio-Cortez said she would “support whoever the Democratic nominee is” — but she said she was less than thrilled by a potential Biden run.

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

She added that she could “understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president.”

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“There’s an emotional element to that,” she added, as Mediaite reported at the time. “But I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward,” she said.

She was also asked about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and replied, “I’m very supportive of Bernie’s run … I haven’t endorsed anybody, but I’m very supportive of Bernie.”

She made these remarks and others during a Yahoo News Skullduggery podcast interview.

Biden, 76, entered the race on Thursday more than 30 years after he announced his very first campaign for president.

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This new campaign is Biden’s third for the presidency; he previously tried in 1988 and 2008.

“The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America — America — is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Biden tweeted out early Thursday.

He also went after President Donald Trump rather viciously in his rollout video.

In his launch video, the former senator from Delaware mentioned the 2017 clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a large white nationalist rally — and suggested he had big problems with President Trump’s statement at the time that “there were some very fine people on both sides.”

Despite his wide name recognition within the ultra-crowded Democrat field, Biden already faces fundraising challenges — among other challenges.

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