NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nominated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
The 30-year-old first-term congresswoman, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, spoke for about 90 seconds on the second night of the virtual convention.
Ocasio-Cortez said Sanders ran a historic grassroots campaign "to reclaim our democracy."
She spoke of "a mass people's movement" that is working to establish "social, economic, and human rights, including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages, and labor rights for all people in the United States" and "striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia."
"In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment, and lack of health care, and espíritu del pueblo and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America," Ocasio-Cortez said.
She later took to Twitter to explain that "convention rules require roll call and nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold."
She said she was was asked to second the nomination for Sen. Sanders and called it "an absolute honor."
Moments later, Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic party's 2020 presidential nominee.
Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Biden, tweeting, "I deeply look forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November."