Schumer says he's focused on job when asked about possible Ocasio-Cortez primary challenge

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday when asked about a potential primary challenge from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) that he’s focused on his job. 

“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week did not rule out a possible 2022 primary run against you,” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson says issues over systemic racism are ‘very uncommon now’ Congressional Black Caucus chair says ‘a lot of’ House GOP interest in police reform bill National security adviser blames ‘a few bad apples,’ says there’s not systemic racism in law enforcement MORE asked Schumer on “State of the Union,” referencing the representative’s interview with Politico Playbook last week. “Are you confident you could beat her?”


“Look, throughout my career, I have done my job. I’m totally focused on this COVID. We are the epicenter,” Schumer responded, referring to his home state. 


“And I have found, throughout my career, you do your job well, everything else works out OK,” he added. 

Asked by Politico if she would run a primary campaign against Schumer in 2022, Ocasio-Cortez maintained that she is focused on her House reelection campaign. 

“I’m very much focused on my election in 2020, and honestly this news cycle is so insane, who knows where any of us are going to be in 2022?” she said. 

Pressed on whether she would rule out a run against Schumer, Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I literally don’t even think about this in any serious way so, like, I don’t know.”

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most progressive Democratic lawmakers. She became the youngest woman elected to Congress in 2018, after defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyLobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Engel says he refuses to seek NYT endorsement over Cotton op-ed Ocasio-Cortez endorses Engel primary challenger MORE in a primary race.

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