Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agonized for months over which lefty Democrat to endorse for president - but it was Sen.
"Put it bluntly: I am back!" Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in a number of polls, and has been recovering from surgery after a heart attack.
Activist and director Michael Moore, who endorsed Sanders on Friday, is also set to appear at the rally.
"They are doing everything they can to throw everything they can come up with, to get people to think differently about Bernie", Moore told the massive crowd. "Here's what's too old: The electoral college is too old. Women not being paid the same as men-that's too old", he said. Thousands and thousands of dollars of student debt.
The 30-year-old Congresswoman spoke for almost 20 minutes about how Sanders shaped her own political awakening, saying that his politics caused her to "question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves healthcare, housing, education and a living wage".
Ocasio-Cortez, a 30-year-old Latina Bronx-Queens lawmaker, presented a condensed story of her life which, she said, led her to endorse the 78-year-old Jewish Vermonter.More news: Turkey, Kurds each say other side broke truce
"She has been an inspiration to millions of working people and young people in this country, and her addition to this campaign is very, very significant".
"When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is old enough to run", Cadel said.
Few members of the throng departed before he had finished enumerating his promises.
In a preemptive response to anyone who who might dismiss his platform as unrealistically utopian, Sanders quoted Nelson Mandela: "It always seems impossible until it is done".
The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, along with other members of The Squad, - the progressive group of freshman lawmakers - marks a needed win for Sanders during a hard few weeks for his campaign. Queens does indeed comprise a multicultural melange.
"You know what? Let's vote him out", Cruz responded to attendees, before leading a "Vote Him Out" chant.More news: Trump will not host G7 at Florida golf resort
But Christine Nwachukwu, a New Jersey resident of Nigerian extraction, insisted in an interview that "Bernie hasn't had trouble attracting people of color". Some were rooted in tactical concerns that she wouldn't build a political operation to overwhelm the ruling class, as she's a "law professor" and not a "movement-builder".
Absent and unmentioned but nonetheless a palpable presence at the event was U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in most polls.
Ocasio-Cortez told NPR that she is encouraged by Sanders' polling and added that her "passion as an organizer is in talking to people who don't vote". It was held in Queensbridge Park on the banks of the East River, and was apparently the largest rally of any 2020 Democratic candidate so far, with the entrance line stretching for blocks and crowds overflowing into surrounding streets.
Senator Sanders has sought to reassure voters that he is up to the task of running for president, and even teased this rally at the most recent Democratic debate. Two senior sources from the Sanders campaign told reporters after the October 15 debate of a potential endorsement from the NY congresswoman.
"Memo to the haters: hashtag Bernie Is Back", she added. "If she's doing this it must be from the heart and where her beliefs lie", said Patrick Roberts, a 32-year-old bartender from NY. But Sanders, she said, is offering the sort of fundamental transformation needed to prevent a climate disaster, while the MA senator takes a more temperate approach to "an existential emergency". "And we're going to end that death sentence".More news: IMF warns of downside risks for Asian economy amid trade tensions
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