Biden’s SOTU, which spanned just over one hour, touted his administration’s and European allies’ crackdown against Russia. He said he did not support defunding the police, and celebrated what he believed were his economic successes.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized Biden for “gloss[ing] over” issues such as the “crisis in education,” student loan debt and immigration.
She said, “I do think that there are some things that were left unsaid in which we’re really gonna have to work on as a party.”
During the SOTU, Ocasio-Cortez said, “constituencies who have historically supported the president … perhaps haven’t heard their issues spoken to in ways they wanted to hear it.”
Biden said during his State of the Union address, “We need to secure our border and fix the immigration system, and if you might guess, I think we can do both.” He raised technology his administration was bringing to the border, such as scanners, and stressed the importance of providing a “pathway for Dreamers.”
“We heard some speaking to some Dreamers, but Dreamers want their families to stay. They don’t want to be separate from their parents either,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I think that there are some things left a little to be desired from key constituents in the Democratic base, but the president’s goal was very clear. He was laser-focused on really projecting a theme of unity, and I think he stuck to that.”
Ocasio-Cortez criticized Biden for failing to speak in depth about moving away from fossil fuels.
“I think it was a lost opportunity,” she said. “There is profound bipartisan support to a long-term shift away from fossil fuels.”
“When we talk about releasing strategic reserves, these are short-term solutions in order to prevent press shocks. But, at the end of the day … we shouldn’t be relying on fossil fuels to begin with.”