New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joins Bret Baier on ‘Special Report’ to discuss the U.S. response to the coronavirus crisis and her support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
BAIER: But it does seem like Joe Biden is on his way to the nomination. Are you worried that he’s not going to be saying those things? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, you know, I think at this part of our process is to make sure that we come together. I think there’s going to be a real vigorous debate on, I believe Sunday night if I’m not mistaken, and part of that process means that I think we will come together. And, you know, I think Bernie Sanders has done a great job and is continuing to do a great job of pushing to make sure that we have a party agenda that fights for working people. BAIER: Last thing, you did a campaign event at the University of Michigan. You had 10,000 people. It was like a rock star status. But those kids did not show up, at least if you look at the numbers — just overall this race. OCASIO-CORTEZ: Yes, yes. BAIER: So, how can you say the progressive position is still prevailing nationwide when Joe Biden is winning so much? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, I think one thing that we — that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country. Right there, in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan. And so when we talk about who’s turning out and who’s not turning out, we absolutely — BAIER: So, just to be clear, you’re saying that you think voters didn’t get to vote that wanted to vote in Michigan? OCASIO-CORTEZ: Absolutely. You know, obviously there’s also more that we need to do in terms of turning out youth voters. It’s — we need to make sure that we’re inspiring young people to turn out, but when you do turn out, you should not be waiting three, four, seven hours in order to vote. And that causes people to leave.