Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who was an organizer for Bernie Sanders's 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 prospect of a Biden run doesn't "animate" her, she said adding that she has "a lot of issues" with a potential Biden run. "I can 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. There's an emotional element to that, but I don't want to go back. I want to go forward."
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the leader of the pack with 26 percent of California Democrats and voters leaning Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont takes 18 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners, with 17 percent for native daughter, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. The issue of Biden touching women is not serious, 66 percent of all California voters say, including 67 percent of women and 71 percent of Democrats. Among all voters, 27 percent, including 26 percent of women, 37 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Democrats, say this is a serious issue. "'Let Biden be Biden,' say California voters, clearly unconcerned about former Vice President Joe Biden's tactile embrace of supporters," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "But there is one noticeable generational split. The youngest of voters are far more inclined to say, 'hands off.'" read more
Pete Buttigieg is getting rare praise from some unlikely voices, right-leaning pundits and politicians who have taken notice of his rising popularity, an ascent that began after his widely heralded CNN town hall performance, a treatment quite the opposite of what most of the mayor's primary challengers are receiving from the GOP. read more
Between the prom proposals and long lines for photographs, Beto O'Rourke had all the hallmarks of a top-tier candidate during his latest swing through Iowa. Yet by the time he left the state on Sunday, it was also clear that the euphoria that greeted O'Rourke's entry into the race three weeks earlier has started to subside and O'Rourke has not yet drawn the wave of national adulation from the left that his Senate run against Ted Cruz last year received. read more
Former President Obama expressed concern about the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saying he feared it could end up undercutting allies. read more