Congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Healthcare, Education & Voting

Congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Healthcare, Education & Voting


>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>Jimmy: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AS WELL. >>THANK YOU, YES. >>Jimmy: YOU HAVE A BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK ON SATURDAY. HOW OLD DO YOU TURN ON SATURDAY?>>I TURN 29. >>Jimmy: 29 YEARS OLD. HERE YOU ARE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. NOT JUST RUNNING FOR CONGRESS, YOU’RE ALMOST CERTAINLY GOING TO WIN.>>KNOCK ON WOOD. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW YOUR STORY, AND I KNOW YOUR STORY A BIT, YOU BEAT A TEN-TIME INCUMBENT, A GUY WHO JUST ASSUMED THAT HE WAS GOING TO WIN. YOU CAME OUT OF NOWHERE, YOU WERE WORKING AS A BARTENDER, AND DECIDED THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO RUN FOR OFFICE. IT’S REALLY ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE STORIES I’VE EVER HEARD. DID YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT THIS AND GO, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING?>>YEAH, EVEN TO THIS DAY. WE GO CANVASSING, WE’RE STILL DOOR-KNOCKING IN THE COMMUNITY. I’LL GET HOME AFTER A LONG DAY AND I KIND OF TURN AND SAY, MAN, WE WON THIS ELECTION. >>Jimmy: HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU KNOCK ON DOORS NOW AND PEOPLE’S REACTIONS, COMPARED TO LIKE A YEAR AGO?>>OH, YEAH. SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST LOSE THEIR — LIKE, WAIT, YOU’RE KNOCKING ON MY DOOR? LIKE BACK IN THE DAY WHEN YOU WOULD KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND CARRY A BIG CHECK TO SOMEONE’S DOOR. >>Jimmy: PUBLISHER’S CLEARINGHOUSE. >>YEAH, YEAH. PEOPLE ARE LIKE, IS THIS REAL? YEAH, WE’RE DOING THE WORK. >>Jimmy: YOU’RE DOING SO WELL IN NEW YORK, YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY HELPING OTHER RACES IN THE PARTY. >>YEAH, YEAH. >>Jimmy: DO PEOPLE KNOW YOU IN THE MIDWEST, IN THESE OTHER STATES THAT YOU GO TO?>>YEAH, YEAH. THEY DO. AND IT’S BEEN — IT’S REALLY BEEN A PLEASURE AND AN HONOR OF A LIFETIME TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THE VALUES OF HEALTH CARE, HOUSING, EDUCATION, TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I’M JUST REALLY GRATEFUL THAT FOLKS — THAT MESSAGE IS RESONATING EVERYWHERE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: YOU ACTUALLY GO AROUND WITH THE CANDIDATES YOU’RE SUPPORTING? DO YOU TRAVEL WITH THEM? YOU SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF?>>YEAH, YEAH. >>Jimmy: IN THEIR OWN HOMETOWN?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. JUST A WEEK AGO — IT WAS FUNNY. A WEEK AGO I WAS RALLYING WITH IONA PRESLEY, WHO WON HER PRIMARY IN MASSACHUSETTS. DRIVING BACK FROM BOSTON, THERE WAS — WE STOPPED. SO MY FAMILY’S OBSESSED WITH CRACKER BARREL. >>Jimmy: YEAH, CRACKER BARREL’S GOOD.>>THIS IS A WEIRD THING. >>Jimmy: IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE IT WOULD BE, BUT IT IS GOOD, YEAH. >>YEAH, I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE FROM THE BRONX, IT’S LIKE EXOTIC TO US OR SOMETHING. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: I FEEL THE SAME WAY.>>BUT WE DROVE UP, WE STOPPED AT A CRACKER BARREL. WE’RE SITTING THERE HAVING OUR MEAL. THIS WOMAN STOPS BY ME. SHE GOES, YOU LOOK JUST LIKE THAT YOUNG LADY WHO WON THE PRIMARY. AND I SAID, I AM THAT YOUNG LADY WHO WON THE PRIMARY. SHE WENT, OH MY GOODNESS! SHE SAID, I NEED TO TAKE YOU TO SEE MY HUSBAND. AND I SAID, SURE, SURE. I WAS FINISHING MY MEAL. WE STOOD UP. SHE WALKS ME OVER TO THE MEN’S RESTROOM. [ LAUGHTER ] SO I’M SITTING THERE. >>Jimmy: WHAT?>>THEY’RE FROM MISSOURI. >>Jimmy: OH, NOT INTO THE MEN’S RESTROOM?>>NO, JUST OUTSIDE. >>Jimmy: ALL RIGHT. THAT’S BETTER.>>SHE WAS LIKE, YEAH, NO, MY HUSBAND IS A HUGE FAN OF YOURS. SO I SAID, OKAY. WE’RE CHATTING. WE’RE IN THE CRACKER BARREL. IT’S THIS MOTION-ACTIVATED THING BEHIND ME SINGING JINGLE BELLS AND CHRISTMAS SONGS. WE WERE TALKING. THEN WE’RE CHITCHATTING. ALL OF A SUDDEN HER HUSBAND COMES OUT. HE LOOKS OVER. AND HE LOOKS AT HIS WIFE AND BACK AT ME AND HE GOES, “WELL, I’LL BE DAMNED.” [ LAUGHTER ] BUT THEN THEY TOLD ME THE STORY ABOUT HOW THEIR COUSIN ACTUALLY IS UNFORTUNATELY DIAGNOSED — THESE BATTLING CANCER RIGHT NOW. AND THEY’RE TELLING ME, YOU KNOW, SHE CAN’T CONTINUE IN HER WORK BECAUSE OF HER DIAGNOSIS. AND SHE HAS TO PAY $500 A MONTH FOR INSURANCE. AND THEN ANOTHER $800 FOR HER MEDICATIONS EVERY SINGLE MONTH. AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE ALL THE WAY FROM MISSOURI, THIS IS NOT A MESSAGE — ADVOCATING FOR HEALTH CARE AS A RIGHT, FIGHTING SO PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO GO BANKRUPT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, SHOULD BE AN AMERICAN RIGHT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: RIGHT. TO STAY ALIVE. MORE THAN JUST GO TO THE DOCTOR. WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT, DID YOU LIKE RUN FOR STUDENT COUNCIL?>>I DID.>>Jimmy: YOU DID. DID YOU WIN?>>I DID.>>Jimmy: YOU DID, OH. >>YEAH, 2 FOR 2.>>Jimmy: WHAT DID YOUR PARENT DOZEN FOR WORK?>>SO MY FATHER HAD A SMALL BUSINESS. HE WAS BORN IN THE SOUTH BRONX. THAT’S RIGHT, YERP! AND MY MOTHER CLEANED HOUSES GROWING UP. AND SO I KIND OF GREW UP BETWEEN TWO WORLDS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. MY PARENTS FELT LIKE THEY HAD TO MOVE ME TO ANOTHER ZIP CODE SO I COULD GET THE SAME PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT ANY OTHER KID IN AMERICA SHOULD GET. AND SO WE MADE ENDS MEET. MY MOM CLEANED HOUSES AND I OFTEN WOULD GO WITH HER AS A KID. AND IN FACT THAT’S HOW I GOT S.A.T. TUTORING AS A KID. MY MOM WOULD CLEAN THE HOME OF THE S.A.T. TUTOR IN EXCHANGE FOR THE TUTOR TEACHING ME. >>Jimmy: WOW, SO WERE THEY TEACHING YOU VERY SLOWLY? [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH, YEAH. FOR SURE, FOR SURE.>>Jimmy: AND YOU ARE RIGHT NOW ALSO FOCUSED ON ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY VOTE.>>YEAH. >>Jimmy: IT IS SHOCKING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS OF HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST MIDTERM ELECTION, WHICH DOESN’T HAVE THE GLAMOR OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, LESS THAN 20% OF 18 TO 24-YEAR-OLDS VOTED IN THAT MIDTERM ELECTION. WHAT DO YOU TELL THESE KIDS?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK IN OUR PRIMARY ELECTION, WE ACTUALLY EXPANDED THE ELECTORATE ABOUT 68%. >>Jimmy: YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE –>>OVER THE LAST OFF-YEAR MIDTERM PRIMARY. >>Jimmy: MORE PEOPLE TO VOTE?>>YEAH, WE GOT MORE PEOPLE TO VOTE. THE NIGHT OF THE PRIMARY THESE TWO YOUNG MEN WERE BOUNCING BASKETBALLS, LEANING AGAINST A TREE, TYPING INTO MY PHONE. THEY LOOKED AT ME, HEY, WE JUST VOTED FOR YOU. AND I WENT, HOW OLD ARE YOU? THEY SAID, 19. AND IT REALLY MADE ME FEEL LIKE THIS WAS A SPECIAL YEAR. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: YEAH. >>IT DID. SO I KNOW IF YOU’RE WATCHING THIS RIGHT NOW, PUT IT IN YOUR CELL PHONE CALENDAR. MAKE AN EVENT. SAY, I NEED TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6th. BUT ALSO, IT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO ALSO HAVE POLICIES THAT CHAMPION YOUNG PEOPLE. WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT STUDENT LOAN DEBT. >>Jimmy: THAT’S RIGHT. >>WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT — [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: NO POLITICIAN IS GOING TO CARE ABOUT THAT UNLESS THOSE PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTE. SO THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO DO IT. IT’S REALLY GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE AND TO MEET YOU. KEEP GOING. NOVEMBER 6th.

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