Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the ‘Families Belong Together’ march in New York on Saturday.

As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week.

While Ocasio-Cortez’s platform of Medicare for all and free college tuition might work in New York’s 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the Midwest.

“I think that you can’t win the White House without the Midwest,” Duckworth told CNN’s State of the Union. “And I don’t think that you can go too far to the left and still win the Midwest.

“Coming from a Midwestern state, I think you need to be able to talk to the industrial Midwest. You need to listen to the people there in order to win an election nationwide.”

Tammy Duckworth, the junior senator from Illionois, told CNN’s State of the Union: ‘You can’t win the White House without the Midwest’
Tammy Duckworth, the junior senator from Illionois, told CNN’s State of the Union: ‘You can’t win the White House without the Midwest’ Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Ocasio-Cortez is a former staffer to Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont whose 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was built on similar policies, foremost among them measures to close America’s wealth inequality gap,…

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