Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined 2020 presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in endorsing Marie Newman, a challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois. Lipinski has represented Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District since 2005, and unlike some other House Democrats, Lipinski is pro-life. Ocasio-Cortez spoke highly of Lipinski’s challenger, stating that “Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways we could be better as a party – to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing.”
Newman is a supporter of abortion rights, and Sanders reserved special praise for her as well in his endorsement, claiming that Newman will be “a powerful voice for upholding Roe v. Wade at a disturbing moment in our history when a woman’s right to control her own body and future is at stake.”
Previously, Newman had attempted to unseat Lipinski in the 2018 Democratic primary, losing by a mere two points after being endorsed by abortion advocacy groups such as Planned Parenthood and the NARAL Pro-Choice America. In contrast, Lipinski is the co-chairman of the House Pro-life Caucus and at the March for Life rally earlier this year, Lipinski said this about Democrats’ support for abortion:
It is a big problem for the party. The party really hurts itself tremendously by suggesting that it’s not open to people who are pro-life, pro-life voters.
The pro-life Democrat said how he has people tell him that they’re pro-life but do not think they can be Democrats because “they don’t feel that the party is accepting of them.”
Speaking on her opponent, Newman said that Lipinski “just doesn’t like equality, period” and that he doesn’t understand “everyday basics.”