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Surprise Dem Nominee: 'I'm Not Trying to Impose an Ideology'

The Supreme Court, North Korea, and tax reform also sizzle on Sunday talk shows
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2018 1:10 PM CDT
In this June 27, 2018 photo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is photographed while being interviewed in Rockefeller Center in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – So just who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? The Democratic congressional nominee—who stunned incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District—appeared Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press in part, it seems, to answer that question, per Politico. "It’s part of what I am, it’s not all of what I am,” she says of the label "Democratic Socialist," adding: "And I think that’s a very important distinction. I'm not trying to impose an ideology on all several hundred members of Congress. But I do think that, once again, it's not about selling an '-ism' or an ideology or a label or a color. This is about selling our values." On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. Tammy Duckworth was asked if Ocasio-Cortez is the Democratic Party's future. "I think it's the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is," Duckworth says. Around the Sunday dial:

  • High Court & Abortion: "Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established," Sen. Susan Collins says on CNN's State of the Union about President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee, reports Politico. "So a nominee position ... will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade. A candidate of this import position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have."

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