Harnessing the momentum of national endorsements, Democratic governor hopeful Abdul El-Sayed touted his progressive message as he campaigned in Michigan Saturday alongside New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The progressive Democrat reiterated his plans for a $15 minimum wage, clean water, efforts to “de-Devos” the state’s education system, and Medicare for all to a group of more than 300 people inside the Ferris Wheel in downtown Flint.
“These are not just possible,” said El-Sayed. “We will make them our future in the state of Michigan.”
Ocasio-Cortez, the surprise Democratic winner over incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Cowley in a district including the Bronx and Queens, endorsed the Shelby Township Democrat El-Sayed for Michigan’s next governor in early July. A self-described “democratic socialist,” Ocasio-Cortez also was scheduled to rally with El-Sayed in Grand Rapids and Detroit on Saturday and Ypsilanti Saturday.
El-Sayed is the only candidate able to deliver on the promise of health care for all, said Ocasio-Cortez. She urged volunteers to help convince potential voters that “this is a system worth buying into, that it is still possible to elect people who are divested from corporate money.”
“Our swing voter is not red to blue,” she said. “Our swing voter is the voter to the non-voter, the non-voter to the voter.”
Live from Grand Rapids as Dr. Abdul, democratic candidate for governor of Michigan rallies with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Posted by Rebel HQ on Saturday, July 28, 2018
What a day.
This is the start of a movement. Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/ysANmBCyIR
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) July 29, 2018
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