Democratic socialists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders gathered for a left-Congress-candidate Friday afternoon in Kansas.
If the Democratic socialists of Alexandria Ocasio-gathered Cortez and Bernie Sanders, a left-Congress-candidate Friday afternoon in Kansas, she insisted that their agenda is “mainstream.”
Sanders, the Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate who boasted of the afternoon spent campaigning in Wichita for democratic congressional candidate James Thompson, and the ideas “are at once more radical,” now part of “mainstream entertainment.”
“With allies like Alexandria and James in the Congress, we will pass a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sanders told the crowd. “And please understand that this idea of Medicare for all – is not a radical idea.”
Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old progressive who defeated a surprisingly longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in New York in the primaries last month, struck a similar tone, as it is called, for Medicare for all, free University tuition and a guaranteed basic income for all people.
“You said the people in Kansas want the things,” Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd. “They told me I would not be welcomed. But you have proven you wrong.”
She said the United States should be, how a nation that “allows for an improved and expanded Medicare for all”, where every child born should be”, with the opportunity to go to college or vocational school free” and “each person who paid this country a living wage and a decent life.”
Sanders, who also confirmed as public colleges and universities tuition-free, the high cost for the implementation of these commitments.
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“Our political opponents are, you know, you will tell us, this is a great idea, Bernie, but you know it’s going to cost a lot of money,” said Sanders. “And you’re right. These proposals are expensive. But we say to them, so that higher education available to all Americans, regardless of income, is a hell of a lot better investment than the administration of the tax breaks for billionaires and corporations.”
In Wichita, Thompson to win came in the vicinity, in a special election last year, and takes his second Chance at unseating GOP Rep. Ron Estes.
Later Friday, Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders were scheduled to stump for democratic congressional candidate Brent welder in Kansas City.
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Welder is running against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, the President of Trump endorsed on Twitter this week, as someone who has voted for the “5 BILLION dollars for border security,” and who “loves our Military and vets.”
Welders, worked as a labour lawyer and wants a $ 15 minimum wage, and is calling for a “Medicare for all” platform, the respondents in front of Yoder, and his 3. The district went to Hillary Clinton by a slim margin in 2016.
Primary elections in Kansas are held. Aug. 7.
Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.