On Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar, admonished a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate after he defended his offer to debate AOC.
“No means no!” Omar said, using the language surrounding consent.
She was responding to former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., who pushed to debate Ocasio-Cortez after she told him to “sashay away” from the 2020 field, citing his position on “Medicare-for-all”
At a minimum, we have to be tolerant of different views on achieving the same goal: universal healthcare. That's why I responded to @aoc tweet with a debate offer. This isn't about slogans – people's lives are at stake. We need debates and the truth https://t.co/MlRGz6GtPf
— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) June 4, 2019
When Ocasio-Cortez, criticized Delaney’s statement, he requested a debate with the progressive congresswoman.
AOC refusal prompted the response that Omar blasted on Wednesday. “At a minimum, we have to be tolerant of different views on achieving the same goal: universal healthcare,” Delaney tweeted, alongside an article about Ocasio-Cortez’s refusal.
“That’s why I responded to AOC tweet with a debate offer. This isn’t about slogans – people’s lives are at stake. We need debates and the truth.”
“AOC and Rep Omar are incredibly intelligent women and rising stars inside of the Democratic party. Instead of tweeting at our campaign and taking pot shots, we should be sitting down and talking about the best path forward,” said Michael Starr Hopkins, the Delaney campaign’s national press secretary. “We’re on the same team. It’s okay to disagree, but refusing to have a substantive conversation helps no one, especially not the Americans who so desperately need us to solve this healthcare crisis.”