House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the more outspoken politicians in present day. The congresswoman frequently weighs in on matters which she views as important and she seemingly stands by her policy ideas, regardless of how disastrous they may be.
However, it appears as though Ocasio-Cortez is not that fond of debating those who view the world in a different manner than her. She previously accused conservative commentator Ben Shapiro of “catcalling” when Shapiro challenged her to a debate.
Most recently, Ocasio-Cortez quite literally ran away from Republican Rich Valdes, following his request to debate her about the merits of various economic systems, like capitalism vs. socialism, as documented by Fox News.
Why AOC Ran Away
Yesterday, both Valdes and Ocasio-Cortez attended the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. At some point, the two crossed paths and Valdes maintains that he attempted to ask the congresswoman about a debate on capitalism versus socialism.
Apparently, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t like that very much because she “cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street.”
Thus far, the congresswoman has yet to respond to Valdes’ request for a debate. Ocasio-Cortez’s reasons for shying away from debates with Republicans is presently unknown at this time. Valdes’ previous public announcement that he would attempt to challenge the congresswoman politically may, however, be why she does not wish to debate him.
Standing by One’s Convictions
In the political arena especially, it is important for people to stand by their convictions. In the case of AOC, this means not running away from people who challenge her ideas or policies. Furthermore, as previously stated, the congresswoman has a pattern of shying away from members of the GOP who express interest in debating her.
Why is that? If Ocasio-Cortez truly feels confident in her convictions, why would she have issues with debating Republicans? At some point, the congresswoman will have to be willing to sit down with people on the other side of the aisle and have a real debate. It’s simply part of what comes along with being in politics, particularly in this day and age.
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