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Although She’s Still Too Young To Serve As VP, Bernie Sanders Says AOC Will Service In His Administration If He Wins

Many say that being Vice President of the United States is merely a ceremonial role with little power – and, legally speaking, they may be right. The constitution of the United States clearly lays out governmental power to the President, the courts, and the US Congress. Apart from their role as President of the Senate (which is only put into play during extraordinary sessions or in the event of a tie), the Vice President doesn’t seem to have much power.

Anyone who has seen the hit HBO show Veep can agree with the sentiment that being Vice President isn’t often associated with great power. However, it’s still just one degree of separation from the President of the United States and with that comes a great responsibility that many would be in awe of. And one of those people happens to be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it ‘would be an honor’ to serve as Vice President in a Bernie Sanders Administration.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said “it’d be an honour” to be vice president for Bernie Sanders after endorsing the Vermont senator in the Democratic primaries, while noting she’s not old enough to take the job.

The freshman New York congresswoman made the comments during a Spanish-language interview on Monday with Noticias Telemundo, in which she spoke about why she was supporting the 2020 hopeful and lambasted Donald Trump as a “racist” who was afraid of “strong women, of Latina women.”

AOC previously endorsed Sen. Sanders at a major campaign rally in Queens, New York during the summer following a heart attack the senator experienced along the campaign trail. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and one of the most prominent freshman voices on Capitol Hill, Mr Sanders’ campaign saw her endorsement at the time as a crucial vote of confidence from the party’s younger, more progressive wing. 

AOC has credited Sanders with her own rise to Congress.

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She told Noticias Telemundo that campaigning for Sanders back in 2016 kick-started her own whirlwind ride to congress.  

‘I was a community organizer in the Bronx for Senator Sanders during the last presidential campaign. That was my first experience, organizing right there in the street for an election,’ she stated. 

On Sunday, AOC gave a keynote address at Sanders’ Spanish-language town hall in Las Vegas. She revealed on Twitter that she was ‘nervous’ ahead of the event, as she does not regularly speak the language despite having a Puerto Rican mother. 

She later told Noticias Telemundo: ‘If we are first- or second-generation, it is important that we cultivate our language. I must speak and practice more to improve my own Spanish. Our language is the link with our families and our communities’. 

But before you get too excited, let’s remember that AOC is actually still too young to serve as Vice President.

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“Well, I can’t [be vice president], because I’m not old enough”, she said about the idea of joining Mr Sanders on a potential Democratic ticket against Mr Trump.

“I’m only 30, someone has to be 35”, she added, “but it’d be an honour” to be vice president.

AOC is correct. The Constitution of the United States states that

The freshman Congresswoman, however, would be old enough to serve as Vice President, or run for the presidency herself, come the 2024 elections.

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AOC, who was born in the Bronx, New York, would be eligible to join Mr Sanders’ ticket — or run for the White House herself — during the 2024 elections. 

While US representatives can be elected at 25 years old, a president or vice president must be aged 35 or older to assume the White House, as well as a natural born citizen. There are far fewer restrictions for joining an administration, however, and no age or birthplace requirements.

So while we eagerly await her decision for five years from now, Bernie Sanders says that should he win the presidency, we can count on AOC being a part of his administration.

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After AOC officially endorsed Sen. Sanders for President at a Queens, NY rally, the candidate for president said he absolutely wants AOC working in his White House.

Sanders was asked in a joint interview with CBS News if he would consider Ocasio-Cortez to be his running mate. The congresswoman answered for him as both laughed: “I think I’m too young for that.” 

“There you go, she’s answered,” Sanders added.

But when Ocasio-Cortez was asked if she’d work in Sanders’ administration should he be elected president, he interjected with a forceful “Yes, you would.”

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