"I am happy to report to you that i am more than ready, more ready than ever to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today".
Ocasio-Cortez told Sanders she would back him in a phone call while he was still in a Nevada hospital after a heart attack less than three weeks ago, aides to both confirmed, and news of her decision has been greeted as a welcome - and validating - shot of adrenaline inside his campaign. Rowan-Duggan has supported Sanders with contributions, but this was the first event she attended.
The rally comes at critical time for the Sanders campaign.
Senator Sanders runs third behind Senator Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden in most recent national polls, although Senator Sanders raised more money for his campaign in the last quarter than any other Democrat.
Standing in front of what his campaign said was almost 26,000 people at the Queensbridge Park in Queens with an estimated 10,000 people were left outside the premises due to permit restrictions, Sanders on Saturday said he was "more than ready" to assume the office of US President following the October 1 heart attack, reports Efe news. She applauded Sanders for not compromising the lives of working-class to accommodate corporations.
The congresswoman announced her support to Sanders' campaign as his campaign battled to overcome the health scare and a surge in support for Elizabeth Warren, a US Senator from MA.
Zimbwa hopes Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement will bring more people to support Sanders, rather than Warren.
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Sanders, who was holding his first campaign event since having a heart attack earlier this month, told the crowd, "I am back".
He also secured two major endorsements with progressive Democratic social-media stars New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. Bernie Sanders boomed to a cheering crowd that he is ready to get back to work.
Speaking toNBC NewsSaturday before the rally began, Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Sanders' 2016 campaign, saidher endorsement was due to "a moment of clarity" about the role she wanted to play.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., clasps hands with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. But by December, he predicted, Sanders health scare will be forgotten.
Each ladies are participants of what they call "The Squad", an outspoken, leftist group of four rookie, youthful and racially various congresswomen whom the president has accused of hating The United States. When I was growing up and education was being gutted for kids in the 'wrong ZIP code, ' Bernie Sanders fought for us.
Ocasio-Cortez, better known by her initials AOC, was welcomed with chants of "Green New Deal", a reference to her proposal for a transition to renewable energy sources that has been taken up by Sanders as part of his policy platform. "We are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country".
This is Sanders' first campaign event - aside from the October 15 Democratic debate - since his heart attack in Nevada and it could serve as a means to reinvigorate his campaign.