Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is uncertain if she will still be alive before the end of the month, she said in an interview published Wednesday.

The New York congresswoman was discussing her career as a politician and what the future holds for her and her political party when she was asked if she believes she or someone like her could become president. Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying that “anything is possible” but that her experience as a congresswoman has allowed her to see that “so many people in this country hate women,” she told GQ.

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“People ask me questions about the future,” she said. “And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September. And that weighs very heavily on me.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is seen during a meeting at the Chhaya Community Development Corporation, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. AOC stated that she couldn’t say if she is “going to be alive in September” in a GQ magazine interview released Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Ocasio-Cortez clarified that “misogyny transcends political ideology,” saying she has received hate from people beyond the far Right.

Ocasio-Cortez is considered to be a top contender for the Democrats’ 2024 presidential nomination should President Joe Biden choose not to run for a second term in office. Former 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry said he believes someone like Ocasio-Cortez who is an outspoken liberal woman of color could be elected nationally.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), another former presidential candidate who has said he would support a Biden 2024 run, said Ocasio-Cortez seems “destined to inherit the leadership” of the Democratic Party.

In June, Ocasio-Cortez dodged a question on if she would endorse Biden for a 2024 run, saying she was focused on winning the midterm elections. Biden has not announced a reelection bid but said he plans to run again in 2024 if he remains in good health, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.





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