(BREAKING WIDE) — Barack Obama removes AOC name from his Endorsement list.
For this November, Obama endorsed more than hundred Democratic candidates running for office, but didn’t offer his support to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The former president announced his first wave of support for hundred and eighteen Democrats running for federal, statewide and state legislative offices from seventeen states, including New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska and Nevada.
“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic and highly qualified Democrats,” Obama said. “Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top.”
Obama said that the group of candidates makes him “optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November but about our country’s future so long after that.”
“So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall,” Obama said. “And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person.”
Barack Obama endorsed progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal and first-time candidate who toppled longtime Rep. Eliot Engle in New York’s Democratic primary in June. Despite Bowman being backed by Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Obama did not include AOC in his endorsement list.
Included in Obama’s endorsements are Gov. John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate; Rep. Andy Kim from New Jersey; and incumbent members of Congress, Katie Porter of California; Max Rose of New York; Antonio Delgado of New York; and Joe Cunningham of South Carolina.
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Barack Obama removes AOC name from his Endorsement list.