Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Queens, N.Y., on Saturday. Ocasio-Cortez said she was proud to bring "a working-class revolution to the ballot box of the United States of America."
"When I was a baby, my family relied on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Then, Bernie Sanders fought for me. When I was growing up and education was being gutted for kids in the 'wrong ZIP code,' Bernie Sanders fought for us. When I was a child that relied on CHIP [Children's Health Insurance Program] so that I could see a doctor, Bernie Sanders fought for a single-payer health care system ... Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular, and that's what we need to remember."
"I feel decided," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It would be dishonest of me not to let folks know how I feel about this race."
"For me, this is not about 'Why not any other candidate?' " Ocasio-Cortez said. "The fact that [Sanders] has been fighting for these issues for so long struck me in a very personal way."