- The Washington Times
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Vice President Mike Pence for not referring to her as “congresswoman” during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate against Sen. Kamala D. Harris.

“For the record @Mike_Pence, it’s Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez to you,” the New York Democrat tweeted.

During the first and only vice presidential debate, Mr. Pence referred to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez only by her popular nickname, “AOC,” while criticizing Mrs. Harris’ past support for the congresswoman’s Green New Deal.

“The Green New Deal is on their campaign website,” the vice president said to Mrs. Harris. “And as USA Today said, it’s essentially the same plan as you co-sponsored with AOC when she submitted it in the Senate.”

Sen. Ted Cruz called Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s complaint against the vice president “silly.”

“Uh, no,” the Texas Republican responded on Twitter. “No Vice President in history has ever addressed a member of Congress as ‘Congresswoman.’ That’s just silly.”

In a follow-up tweet, Mr. Cruz wrote: “Several commentators asked ‘why?’ Because we serve in a collegial body, where almost everyone addresses each other by our first names. Notice ‘Joe,’ ‘Mike,’ ‘Kamala.’ The one exception is POTUS, where everyone says ‘Mr. President,’ not ‘Barack’ or ‘Donald.’”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who tweets under the handle @AOC, did not respond to the senator.

She did, however, agree with liberal media that Mr. Pence condescended to Mrs. Harris because she’s a woman.

“Pence demanding that Harris answer *his* own personal questions when he won’t even answer the moderator’s is gross, and exemplary of the gender dynamics so many women have to deal with at work,” the congresswoman wrote.

“Just to be clear: there is nothing ‘pro-life’ about denying people comprehensive sexual education, making birth control harder to access, forcing others to give birth against their will, and stripping them of healthcare and food assistance afterwards,” she tweeted.

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