Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) after she announced she was leaving the Democratic Party on Friday and then stated she won’t rule out voting for a Republican in 2024 over President Biden.
“Americans are told that we have only two choices – Democrat or Republican – and that we must subscribe wholesale to policy views the parties hold, views that have been pulled further and further toward the extremes,” she commented. “Most Arizonans believe this is a false choice, and when I ran for the U.S. House and the Senate, I promised Arizonans something different.”
Ocasio-Cortez wrote a scathing tweet in response, “Not once in this long soliloquy does Sinema offer a single concrete value or policy she believes in. She lays out no goals for Arizonans, no vision, no commitments. It’s ‘no healthcare, just vibes’ for Senate. People deserve more. Grateful this race & nomination has opened up.”
Not once in this long soliloquy does Sinema offer a single concrete value or policy she believes in. She lays out no goals for Arizonans, no vision, no commitments.
It’s “no healthcare, just vibes” for Senate.
People deserve more. Grateful this race & nomination has opened up. https://t.co/qWvuKCT50r
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 9, 2022
You just want to date her.
— James Lindsay, defeating the groomers (@ConceptualJames) December 9, 2022
Sinema comes up for reelection in 2024 but Ocasio-Cortez may be disappointed in the results. Evidently the senator’s constituents like the fact that she is Independent now.
“I pledged to be independent and work with anyone to achieve lasting results. I committed I would not demonize people I disagreed with, engage in name-calling, or get distracted by political drama,” Sinema wrote.
She will keep her committee assignments despite leaving the Democratic Party according to a statement from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Well of course he did! Virtue signaling for her needed votes…
— BadgerRick2264 ✝️⚾️ (@HeavyMetalHelga) December 9, 2022
“She asked me to keep her committee assignments, and I agreed,” Schumer said. “Kyrsten is independent, that’s how she’s always been.”
“Senator Sinema may now be registered as an Independent, but she has shown she answers to corporations and billionaires, not Arizonans. Senator Sinema’s party registration means nothing if she continues to not listen to her constituents,” a statement from the Arizona Democratic Party read.
— Arizona Democratic Party (@azdemparty) December 9, 2022
The Arizona senator also won’t commit to voting for President Biden in 2024 and said she could not say for certain she will vote for a Democrat either. She made the comments during an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper who asked her about the presidential contest in 2024.
(Video Credit: CNN)
“Looking forward to 2024, will you support Joe Biden for President, if he runs?” Tapper asked Sinema.
“You know, folks know this about me, I don’t typically talk much about partisan politics and I don’t talk much about elections,” she replied.
Tapper didn’t give up on the issue, pressing her on voting for Biden. He asked her if she publicly supported him in 2020.
“Yes, I did,” Sinema said. “I felt at the time he was the best candidate running for President.”
Over the past four years, I’ve worked proudly with other Senators in both parties and forged consensus on successful laws helping everyday Arizonans build better lives for themselves and their families. 2/3
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) December 9, 2022
Tapper asked the 46-year-old first-term senator if she would truly vote Independent instead of embracing either political party.
“So, you really are going to view the 2024 election as an Independent?” he incredulously asked her. “You are not automatically going to go with the Democratic candidate? You’re going to see which one you prefer?”
“I always make my decision based on who I think is right for our country, who is the best person for the job. And it doesn’t matter to me much whether that person is affiliated with any party or which party they’re affiliated with. What matters to me is the quality of the person and whether or not he or she is the right person for that job,” Sinema responded.
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