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AOC for President in 2024? Why It Could Happen

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or better known as AOC, from 2019.

AOC For President? Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the congresswoman for New York’s 14th Congressional District, is asserting more power over her party than ever before. She has the support of not just younger, progressive Democrat voters, but also of two-time presidential primary runner-up Senator Bernie Sanders.

On Monday, Sanders joined AOC in endorsing an ultra-progressive Texas primary challenger of moderate Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas. 28-year-old Jessica Cisneros will challenge Cuellar for his Congressional seat representing Texas’s 28th District with the full support of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

In a speech on Saturday, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez rallied for Cisneros and fellow Texas candidate Greg Casar, and promised, “if we flip Texas, we flip the country.” For a congresswoman who has only served since 2019, AOC is exerting a huge amount of power over her party – and rumors that she may run for the presidency started even before 2020.

AOC 2024: Why She May Run

AOC has big visions for her party, and she has been vocal about it since her candidacy. The New York congresswoman has become the most vocal advocate for progressive issues, from “trans rights” to Universal Basic Income and Critical Race Theory – and she even slammed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan as “not nearly enough.”

Ocasio-Cortez has even hit out at the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border. Despite immediately canceling the construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall, AOC accused President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris of forcing “undocumented” children into cages.

“As we’ve seen, there are arrivals and undocumented children — rather, unaccompanied children — that have come at the border and this had led to completely inhuman and unacceptable, horrifying conditions of children in CBP (Customs and Border Protection) custody. And it’s unacceptable and it’s horrifying,” she said during a virtual meeting with constituents.

AOC’s 2019 “Green New Deal” also didn’t gain the traction she hoped it would within the party, with President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposals not going as far as she had hoped.

While the White House included measures in the infrastructure plan that focused on communities that are reportedly hit the hardest by climate change, the New York Congresswoman sees room for improvement and believes she can influence policy even further.

“One thing that I am very excited about is that I do believe that we have been able to influence a lot of thinking on climate and infrastructure,” she said. “As much as I think some parts of the party try to avoid saying ‘Green New Deal’ and really dance around and try to not use that term, ultimately, the framework I think has been adopted.”

AOC and her “Squad” of fellow progressives have a grip over the Democratic Party much like former President Donald Trump has over the Republican Party. With that much power – and with both President Biden and Vice President Harris struggling in the polls – there’s no reason why AOC wouldn’t run.

Is She Eligible?

Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution outlines the requirements for a presidential candidate. Anyone running for the highest office in the land must be a natural-born citizen and be at least 35 years old. The candidate must also have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was born on October 13, 1989. That means she won’t be 35 years old during the majority of a hypothetical 2024 campaign, but she would be 35 years old by Inauguration Day, which will land on January 20, 2025.

Technically, AOC is one hundred percent eligible to run for the presidency in 2024, should she wish to go up against a possible second run from President Joe Biden or even from Vice President Kamala Harris, who was once considered to be the natural successor to president Biden.

AOC vs. the “Moderates”

While AOC exerts a great deal of power over her party, she doesn’t have the full support of everyone in Congress – particularly Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who she recently described as “obstructionists.”

A presidential run from AOC would not only be likely to bring out more Manchin-esque opposition within the party, but could also be the beginning of a bitter feud with old names from the Democratic Party – including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

According to a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris, there is a “good chance” that Hillary is planning another presidential run in 2024.

“Hillary has set up a brilliant, brilliant strategy that nobody else is able to do,” he told WABC radio recently.

Clinton is already positioning herself as a potential candidate, too, and has offered Democrats a word of warning over their lurch towards radical progressivism in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections.

“I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” Clinton told MSNBC in December.

If AOC runs, so too could Hillary Clinton, and it would likely (finally) reveal the deep fractures within their party.

AOC Said She Wouldn’t

For now, we’ll have to take AOC’s word that she isn’t planning on running for president. In 2021, AOC hinted that she may challenge Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his New York Senate seat.

She told Dana Bash on CNN at the time that she would rather focus on her “courage at the present moment” than think about running for the presidency. However, that was then and this is now.

If President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to struggle in the polls, there’s no telling what might happen.

 Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and report on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Commentar

    February 14, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Biden is unlikely to breathe unaided (if still alive) in 2024, so a suitable candidate must be found for the Dems.

    Biden, besides his age, has made stupid decisions, similar to ones made by Jimmy Carter and so no 2024 for him.

    AOC seems a good choice but a clear lightweight. US today, forty percent of it says 2020 election was stolen and nearly half say US democracy is in the pits. This is not yet counting the deep state which is unlikely to accept or approve a person like AOC.

    Most likely Dems will have to hand over white house to GOP in January 2025 assuming the world and US are still in one piece.

  2. Damon Gilbert

    February 15, 2022 at 8:53 am

    This article is a bit of a stretch. I guess it must have been a slow news day. To push the narrative that she “could” run for President in 2024 while being technically possible is wishful thinking for the 18 year old, blue, haired, non-binary, group. I hope it happens. It would be entertaining and a complete disaster for the Democrat party. But we can always hope.

    • Chris

      May 15, 2022 at 7:41 am

      I voted for Trump in 2016, more than anything as a rebuke to Clinton and the impropriety of so-called moderate Democrats at the DNC. In 2020, I reluctantly voted in favor of putting out the Republican dumpster fire. Biden said he would not seek reelection and Harris was never a popular candidate being the first to drop out of the primary. AOC may be young, left, and ambitious, but where she lags behind candidates in experience she abounds in quality. The only old person who has a snowballs chance in hell of getting my vote is Bernie Sanders. But that is the kind of calculus Clinton and Biden Democrats just can’t wrap their heads around. Maybe if they had some courage or integrity instead of giving air to conservative nonsense.

  3. Deplorathal

    February 15, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Every conservative is hoping you do run, AOC.

  4. David Longfellow

    February 15, 2022 at 11:44 am

    AOC is probably the smartest democrat in existence.
    I think that statement speaks for itself.

  5. NavyCorpsman42

    February 15, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Impossible to happen legitimately.

  6. Chris

    February 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    President? She’s not even smart enough to run a hotdog stand. How is this even a conversation?!?

  7. Gael

    February 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    She’s pretty much an idiot. “Lightweight” is a humorous understatement, she would float away if not tied down. She stands tall with every cockamamie left wing cause around. Mickey Mouse, less the deeper voice, has more gravitas.

  8. Shawn

    February 16, 2022 at 2:52 am

    Could the God who created the universe be sooooooo kind to either Trumpy or Obi Wan Desantis ( and America in whole) as to make this rumor come true…… It would be better than Christmas every day…..

  9. kyo

    February 28, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    What a joke lol

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