Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager said on Sunday that the president-elect had led a “progressive and aggressive agenda” during his presidential race and would follow through on those pledges now that he has won.
Kate Bedingfield was asked by Chuck Todd of NBC News about comments by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that candidates who campaign on progressive issues drop them after winning.
“I think Vice President Biden campaigned on an incredibly progressive and aggressive platform. Take a look, for example, at his climate plan. It’s the biggest, boldest climate plan that has ever been presented by, you know, a presidential candidate and now an elected president, ”Bedingfield said on“ Meet the Press ”.
“He will honor his commitments,” she said.
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“It’s a perfect example of the kind of big effort he’s going to put into meeting this moment and dealing with these crises we’re in,” Bedingfield said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was easily re-elected last Tuesday, was asked in an interview published by The New York Times on Saturday about what she expected from the new Biden administration about joining the progressive wing of the party.
“I don’t know how open they will be. And it’s not a personal matter, ”she said. “It’s just that the history of the party tends to be that we are really excited about the grassroots to be elected. And then these communities are quickly abandoned just after an election.
Meanwhile, Representative Cedric Richmond, Biden’s campaign co-chair, said on Sunday that the former vice president’s turnaround in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – states that backed Trump in 2016 – would bolster his hand in negotiations with Republicans in Congress.
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“I think Vice President Biden will be a different kind of president,” Richmond (D-La) said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation”. “I think he will be able to bring together members of the House on the Republican side, Republicans in the Senate, on the legislation.
“But then again, you have to look at his numbers. He won Arizona, he won Georgia, ”added Richmond. “This will give him some coattails and some influence in his dealings with the Senate.”