Aug 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

AOC to speak at Democratic convention

 Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a press conference at Corona Plaza in Queens on April 14, 2020 in New York City.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an April a press conference in Queens, New York City. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will speak at the Democratic convention next week ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders' appearance on the Tuesday night, CNN first reported and Axios has confirmed

Why it matters: Her involvement is a strategic decision to energize young progressives without tying former Vice President Joe Biden too closely or directly with her agenda.

  • She's among several Latinx voices who are scheduled to participate in the convention in various ways.

The big picture: President Trump's re-election campaign is trying to brand Democrats as a party of leftist radicals, creating a challenge for Biden as he seeks to generate maximum turnout without adopting what could be characterized as a far-left agenda.

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