WashPost: AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders for president

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of New York, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a June press conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president as she appears alongside him at a rally in New York City on Saturday, the Washington Post reports. CNN is reporting that Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) will also endorse him at the rally.

Why it matters: It's a major coup to be endorsed by 3 of the 4 members of the influential "squad," the rising stars of the Democratic Party. And it's a welcome boost for Sanders, who was starting to flag in the 2020 election polls.

The big picture: Sanders teased during Tuesday's Democratic debate and on Twitter that there would be a "special guest" at his New York rally. And Omar praised him hours earlier in a tweet for his work in addressing childhood hunger

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Debate night: Democrats take shots at Warren in 4th debate

Bernie Sanders Biden and Warren
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The top 12 Democratic presidential candidates on Tuesday debated abortion, Big Tech, opioids from an Ohio stage for their fourth debate.

The big picture: Eyes have been on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders for various reasons: Biden, coming to his son Hunter Biden's defense regarding Ukraine; Warren, carrying a target on her back as the lead candidate and Sanders on his energy level as he recovers from his heart attack.