36 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes Clarifying Her Positions

1. “You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

2. “Working-class Americans want a clear champion, and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

3. “Give people the respect of your honest opinion, and always meet them where they’re at.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

4. “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

5. “I’ve always felt that elections should be joyous, celebratory events.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

6. “There is no such thing as talking about class without there being implications of the racial history of the United States. You just can’t do it.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

7. “The biggest hurdle that our communities have is cynicism – saying it’s a done deal, who cares; there’s no point to voting. If we can get somebody to care, it’s a huge victory for the movement and the causes we’re trying to advance.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

8. “This nation is never beyond remedy, it is never beyond hope, it is never too broken to fix. We will be here, and we are going to rock the world for the next two years.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

9. “There’s this false notion that you have to separate and choose between issues of class and issues of race. What people do when they say that you need to separate class from race is that they are really just saying that people of color should come second.”- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

10. “I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education — that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

11. “People tell you things. And they tell you what they believe. And they tell you what they want for themselves, for you, they tell you their stories.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

12. “I’m not running from the left; I’m running from the bottom. I’m running in fierce advocacy for working-class New Yorkers.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

13. “Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their kids.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

14. “There’s this false notion that you have to separate and choose between issues of class and issues of race. What people do when they say that you need to separate class from race is that they are really just saying that people of color should come second.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

15. “I’m an educator. I’m an organizer.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

16. “We have built power. We have organized. What we have built is permanent. No. Matter. What.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

17. “I wake up every day, and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. Every single day.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

18. “Change takes courage.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

19. “In my opinion, if women and gender-expanding people want to run for office we can’t knock on anybody’s doors, we have to build our own house.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

20. “I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

21. “Campaigns are so much more expensive than people think they are. Just to keep the lights on is several thousand dollars a month.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

22. “I understand the pain of working-class Americans because I have experienced the pain.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

23. “I want to speak to people directly as much as possible.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

24. “Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

25. “I’m very hands-on about social media. That’s my voice.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

26. “When people feel like they are being spoken directly to, I do feel like… they’ll do things like turn out in an off-year, mid-year primary.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

27. “I don’t like having people do little things for me.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

28. “I think – I do think that we have to have a secure border. We need to make sure that people are, in fact, documented. But that doesn’t mean that we threaten people’s lives.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

29. “We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, ‘What are we fighting against?’” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

30. “It’s really scary or it’s easy to generate fear around an idea or around an -ism when you don’t provide any substance to it.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

31. “We must lean on others to strive on our own.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

32. “Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

33. “I was born in a place where your ZIP code determines your destiny.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

34. “Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

35. “Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it. I’m not going to do that. That takes away my power. I’m not going to compromise who I am.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

36. “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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