FLASHBACK: Ocasio-Cortez Accused Primary Opponent of 'Avoiding a Debate'

by Garry Watts August 12, 2018, 15:56
FLASHBACK: Ocasio-Cortez Accused Primary Opponent of 'Avoiding a Debate'

The irony of Ocasio-Cortez's debate challenge was widely mocked.

Green Party candidate Jennifer Kurland was unopposed in the primary.

That didn't work out well.

As the Daily Caller reported, "Ocasio-Cortez went on a tour around the US endorsing candidates Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad for Michigan's 11th congressional district, Cori Bush for Missouri's 1st congressional district and James Thompson for Kansas' 4th congressional district". "So electing more women empowers those voices and informs better decision-making". The 28-year-old Democratic rising star is stumping for two young, progressives hoping to win Democratic primaries in Kansas and MI. Ditto for other Democrats who have sought the Ocasio-Cortez imprimatur.

In recent days Whitmer had leaned in to her front-runner status, refusing to mention her primary opponents on the campaign trail and admonishing campaign crowds to not take anything for granted.

It is no accident of geography that an overwhelming quantity and tenor of American politics, as reported by the national media, are heavily weighted and influenced by those on both coasts.

Trump urges AG to end Russia probe 'right now'
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation. In any case, Sessions recused himself from the investigation in March 2017 and does not have the power to stop it.

Strong feelings about President Donald Trump, a competitive governor's race and congressional retirements fueled what probably was record turnout for a MI primary, with more than half-million more people voting than in 2010 - the last time the governorship was open. Beginning a year ago, Sanders-backed candidates faltered in an Omaha mayoral race and a nationally watched House race in Montana.

Hours after the polls closed in Kansas Tuesday night, the state is still awaiting the results of the GOP primary nomination in the heated race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Vice President Mike Pence, who sought to unify Republicans at a post-primary rally in Grand Rapids, said the "blue wall" crumbled in MI with Trump's 2016 win - the first for a GOP presidential nominee in decades.

Tuesday night brought Sanders and his army their latest blow, with a pair of high-profile losses in MI and Kansas.

Of course, Ocasio-Cortez's losses were Sanders' as well, given that Sanders is the young lady's mentor. His absence opened him to Ocasio-Cortez's attacks calling him an absentee leader. "We are a collective, this is a movement, and I don't think parties are ever about one person, but they're about the contributions that each one person gives to the party". At its peak, the line stretched around the block, with seemingly every branch of the Democratic Party in attendance: women wearing Moms Demand Action T-shirts, a man holding a sign showing Sanders cuddling a kitten, Black Lives Matter activists and Our Revolution members. The question is whether the party's less-radical voters want the party adopting an outright socialist platform. His chosen candidates win Republican primaries.

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