Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke Monday night at Howard University to discuss the road to making the Green New Deal law. Ocasio-Cortez blasted "middle-of-the-road" Democratic approach to "save our lives." Ocasio-Cortez criticized Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week for his "middle ground" approach, calling it a "dealbreaker."
"They say calling for a Green New Deal is 'too much.' Let me tell you what's too much for me," Ocasio-Cortez said. "What's too much for me is politicians looking and allowing babies' blood to get poisoned in Flint, Michigan for corporate profits. What's too much for me, is coal barons coming up to Washington, D.C. and demanding bailout after tax breaks after bailout for themselves and then not even paying their own miners' pensions and pay their own miners' healthcare. That is what is too much for me. That is too much for me."
"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives. That is too much for me," she also said.
Biden responded Tuesday, saying he has never used the type of "middle-of-the-road" language Ocasio-Cortez said and pointed out that in 1987 he called for a "green revolution."
"You've never heard me say, 'middle of the road, I've been middle of the road' on the environment. Tell her to check the statements that I made, and look at my record," Biden said at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
"I don't think she was talking about me," he added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remarks on the Green New Deal at an event hosted by the Sunrise Movement. Watch the complete video here: