Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Primary victory speech – June 26, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
June 26, 2018— New York City, New York
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I just want to thank you all so incredibly much for this moment. This victory tonight belongs to each and every single person in this room. [cheers]

This room won this seat. [Unintelligible] won that seat. Every person out here this evening changed America tonight. [cheers]

What I want to say to be very, very clear is that this is not an end, this is a beginning. [cheers]

This is a beginning, because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it’s not okay to put donors before your community. [cheers]

The message that we sent tonight is that improved and expanded Medicare for all, healthcare for every single person in America is what we deserve as a nation. [cheers]

What we’ve proved tonight is sometimes the deep midnight and darkness that it feels in our political environment, that there is still hope for this nation. That is what you have given every person in this country. You have given this country hope. You have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance you are there for them, that we can make change. [cheers]

What you have shown is that this nation is never beyond remedy. It is never beyond hope. It is never too broken to fix. We will be here and we are going to rock the world for the next two years. [cheers]

Because every person in this room is going to DC with me. [cheers]

Every person in this room is responsible for change and we cannot finish it right now. This is the beginning. We have to dedicate ourselves each and every single day to this fight, because I can't do it alone. [calls from audience: “You’re not alone!” “We’re here for you!”]

And we have to do this together. So not only do I need to get elected, we got a whole bunch more primaries to go. [cheers]

When we get to November, we should be electing a caucus of people on these beliefs and [unintelligible]. [cheers]

What I’m going to tell you right now, right now we've got we've got Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts [cheers], we’ve got Cori Bush in Missouri [cheers], we’ve got Chardo Richardson in Florida [cheers], we have a whole bunch more races. [from audience: “Julia Salazar!”] We’ve got Julia Salazar. [cheers]

We are going to introduce a wave of change.

Let's take a beat. Let's celebrate tonight and then let's recommit ourselves to the future of this great nation. [cheers]