Ocasio-Cortez has drawn particular attention for her embrace of democratic socialism, which she said means to her that "in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live".
Ocasio-Cortez also spoke to the generalizability of her strategy on NBC's "Meet the Press," saying, "I think that there are a lot of districts in this country that are like NY 14 that have changed a lot in the last 20 years and whose representation has not".
But one waitress has a bad memory of working with Ocasio-Cortez, 28, as Ocasio-Cortez tended bar during the very busy Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2017.
But, Ocasio-Cortez added, "I don't think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx".
But fourth, and most importantly, even if she had been born and raised in Yorktown Heights, and then attended Brown University, and never had to fight foreclosure on her childhood home, all of that would make her story even more emblematic of where we are today.
"The cutest thing about the radical far left is that they think they matter in the grand scheme".
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"You consider yourself a Democratic socialist like Bernie Sanders, correct?"
A few days after Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., commented on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory, other established figures in the party voiced concerns that what worked locally may not translate as well nationally. "I'd love to have @Ocasio2018 as a guest on my show and debate her".
NBC NewsWire via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an appearance on "Meet the Press".
She also tore in Cardillo's attempt to discredit her. "My mom scrubbed toilets so I could live here & I grew up seeing how the zip code one is born in determines much of their opportunity", the Democratic candidate said. Growing up, it was a good town for working people.
Although she gained much praise, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to dissuade claims that she had only "won for 'demographic reasons.'" The Democratic socialist is competing in New York's 14th district, which includes the eastern Bronx and part of Queens.