Lieberman: If Ocasio-Cortez Is "The New Face of The Democratic Party," Party Doesn't Have "Bright Future"


Former Senator Joseph Lieberman penned a column in The Wall Street Journal imploring voters not to elect democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for a New York City-area Congressional seat, and instead vote for the Democrat she ousted in the primary. Lieberman is familiar with the tactic. In 2006 the longtime Democratic Senator was ousted in the primary by challenger Ned Lemont. Lieberman changed parties and ran as an independent under the "Connecticut for Lieberman" party line.

In an interview on FOX News today, Lieberman said if the socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is victorious and becomes "the new face of the Democratic party," then the party does not have a "bright future."

FMR. SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (I-CT): Really the point was, what is the Democratic party going to be? I am still a Democrat and when I see somebody that really says she is a Socialist, she is a very charismatic, captivating candidate but if you look at the policies, those are not policies that will be supported very many places across America. If her win makes her into what Kellyanne Conway calls it “the new face of the Democratic party”, the Democratic party will not have a bright future...

As I said in the column in the Wall Street Journal today, she didn’t talk too much about foreign policy during the campaign. She obviously by her own acknowledgment does not know that much about foreign policy. But when she did talk about it, it was from the Democratic-Socialist organization policy book. It is very pro-socialist around the world…. Let me put it this way, it is too quick to criticize Israel so she during the campaign actually said at one point that the Israeli action to defend against the massing of troops on the border in Gaza by Hamas, was a massacre. That is very hot language and not fair.

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