Posted 57 days ago
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) questioned the legislative experience of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a leading member of the Democrats' progressive wing with whom he has clashed over the future of the party.
“I guess she put the dagger stare on me,” Manchin told The New York Times in reference to a photo the congresswoman tweeted of her glaring at the moderate during this year's State of the Union Address. “I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”
Since arriving in Congress following the 2018 midterm elections, Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Democratic leadership in both chambers, arguing that legislators have not been bold enough in tackling issues of healthcare, immigration and climate change.
Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has warned that a leftward slip by the party could lead to fractures in its base, putting the House majority and Senate seats in jeopardy.
“We’re not going to defund the police, we’re not for the [Green New Deal],” Manchin said. “That’s not going to happen. We’re not for Medicare for All — we can’t even pay for Medicare for some.”
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