Marie Harf, Fox News contributor and former Obama State Department spokesperson, said on Thursday that New York’s Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not representative of all Democrats.
Harf was responding to a recent list of endorsements from her old boss, former President Barack Obama, which noticeably failed to include Ocasio-Cortez — and she appeared to believe it wasn’t an intentional snub so much as a different focus.
“First President Obama endorsed a number of people running for office who used to work for him,” she explained. “He said go out, get a clipboard, get signatures and run. We need to create the next generation. It’s also interesting that he is focused not just on governor’s races or House races. He’s looking at state legislature races.”
While everyone else may be focused on Ocasio-Cortez, Harf noted, what Obama was doing was “trying to help us rebuild the bench.”
Hard took it a step further, saying that Ocasio-Cortez was not really representative of the whole party. When asked whether or not she liked the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, Harf responded, “I don’t know her. I don’t think she represents the Democratic Party. If you talk to candidates around the country she is easy to caricature and say all Democrats are like this. They are not like this … That’s not what the party is about. She is one candidate running in a very different district, not what the party is about across the country.”
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