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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says essential workers 'keep the lights on in our society'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says essential workers 'keep the lights on in our society'.

5/21/2020 12:53:00 AM

'One thing that I hope that this crisis shows us is that our essential workers deserve so much more.' Watch more from JujuChangABC's interview with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tonight on Nightline:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says essential workers 'keep the lights on in our society'.

Since then, the former rivals announced the formation of six joint unity task forces which will “explore possible policy initiatives” including climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration policy. Ocasio-Cortez is among the notable names included in the task forces and is co-chairing a group that will mold Biden’s climate policy. The 30-year-old Congresswoman will work alongside former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was also active on the 2020 campaign trail as a surrogate for Biden.

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When asked by ABC News if she plans to endorse Biden, the freshman congresswoman and star of the progressive wing deflected, and instead highlighted the need for party unity.“You are saying something that's very important, which is the fact that we must come together as a party and we must beat

Donald Trumpat the polls this November," Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said."And that requires a very strong and thorough process of coming together, where Vice President Biden says, not just, some commercials to young people with some rock stars and say vote, but that we are actually speaking to the needs of young people, to progressive folks in this country, to everybody."

While she said she is"honored" that Sen.Bernie Sandersand Biden invited her to co-chair the climate change task force, she also said she is encouraging him and his team to “find ways to surprise us.”"I believe that the vice president is willing to go places on policy to show that he's willing to listen and show that he's willing to be adaptive to our needs,” she said.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform June 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill.U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform June 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe New York congresswoman says voters do not support candidates “just because of their personalities” and pointed back to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ former campaign slogan as a launchpad for bringing constituencies together."Bernie always said this: not me, us. And what that means is that we support a plan and an agenda that addresses our future," she said.

As the Biden campaign begins to focus on picking a running mate to join the former vice president on the ticket, Ocasio-Cortez gave some insight into what characteristics she would like to see in his own vice presidential nominee, including whether he should pick a woman of color for the job.

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“I think it would be an enormous stride to have a female and a woman of color as a vice presidential nominee," she said."To me, what is most important is the policy. So it's not just do we check off these boxes, but also what does that woman believe? And I would love for us to have a vice president that believes and pushes for health care as a human right, that pushes for a living wage, that pushes for, you know, tuition free public colleges and universities,” she added.

Ultimately, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says she would “love to see the vice president pick someone that he knows is going to push him.”“I think that that's what a good vice president does, that they are honest. They provide a countervailing opinion when they believe that it's necessary,” she added.

As the 2020 campaign continues to unfold against the backdrop of the pandemic, Ocasio-Cortez saysPresident Trump’s response has been “an utter disaster on the federal level.”“He has been contributing to the health inequities by targeting communities like ours. He's made people afraid to go to the doctor because they are concerned that ICE will pick them up in the E.R.,” she said.

(MORE:Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to criticism that Sanders' policies are too radical)The congresswoman also says the federal government’s lagging response in providing testing for coronavirus adversely affected the ability of many minority communities to prepare to combat the virus.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders holds hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during his speech at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park, on October 19, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City.FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders holds hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during his speech at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park, on October 19, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City.

Kena Betancur/Getty Images“You have all of these workers that we rely on and few of them are getting tested, but [they are] still going to work because they are so economically desperate,” she said.With unemployment numbers nearing Depression-era levels and economic anxieties continuing to sweep the nation, the perilous state of the economy has some lawmakers, including President Trump, advocating for the reopening of states despite concerns over safety recommendations from health experts. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released more detailed guidance on how states can safely allow businesses and schools to reopen their doors during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance outlines a number of"decision tools" for businesses, workplaces, schools and childcare programs to examine before reopening, but the overall guidance is voluntary and may be difficult to assess for some businesses.

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Asked by ABC News to weigh in on the debate over reopening, Ocasio-Cortez says it is"extraordinarily unfortunate" that the topic has become a partisan issue."It really ultimately comes down to paying attention to the scientists or not. It's not about reopening your state, and reopening your city shouldn't be about whether you're a Democrat or Republican. It should be about whether it is safe. And our policies should be aligning with what public health experts say," she said.

Despite the struggles facing the country as a whole, Ocasio-Cortez says Americans are “disconnected” rather than “divided.”“I don't feel, for example, divided from folks who are Republicans in this country, I feel that we are profoundly disconnected where people do not feel listened to,” she said.

“If we realize that we are all in this together, we can create a health care system that reflects that truth. We can create a wage system that reflects that truth. We can - we can see each other in a way that reflects that truth,” she added. Read more: ABC News »

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