Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) responded to New York Democratic congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory recently.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked is a socialist platform was going to become to future of the Democratic party.
Partial transcript as follows:
TAPPER: There were obviously a lot of shockwaves in the Democratic Party Tuesday night, when 28-year-old Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, Joe Crowley, has a platform of Medicare for all, federal jobs guarantee, free college tuition.
Is this the future of the Democratic Party?
DUCKWORTH: I think it’s the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is.
I think that we, as legislators, need to listen to our constituency and get out there. I think what she did was, she did the hard work. She pounded the pavement, and she was out there talking to every one of her constituents. And I think that was the difference.
She turned out her voters and reflected the needs of her district.
TAPPER: Are you concerned at all that your party is going too far to the left to either win in the midterms or win back the White House?
DUCKWORTH: Well, I think that you can’t win the White House without the Midwest. And I don’t think that you can go too far to the left and still win the Midwest.
Coming from a Midwestern state, I think you need to be able to talk to the Industrial Midwest. You need to listen to the people there in order to win an election nationwide.