President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign manager Kate Bedingfield promised Sunday that Biden will follow through on his progressive policy agenda.
Bedingfield spent Sunday making the rounds on political talk shows, including NBC’s Meet The Press, where she responded to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) telling the New York Times activist communities who supported Democratic candidates like Biden feel left behind when politicians take their votes and don’t fulfill the promises they made to get them.
“I think that Vice President Biden campaigned on an incredibly progressive and aggressive agenda,” Bedingfield said on Sunday before citing the campaign’s plan to tackle climate change, which was developed with the assistance of supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) presidential bid, including Ocasio-Cortez.
“He’s going to make good on those commitments,” she continued. “I mean we, you know, he spent time during this campaign bringing people together around this climate plan. He was able to get the endorsement of groups like the Sunrise Movement and the endorsement of labor for this plan.”
Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez co-chaired a committee along with former naval officer and former Secretary of State John Kerry to give recommendations on climate change and other -progressive agendas. Rep. Cedric Richmond, the co-chair of Biden’s campaign, told CBS News’ Face The Nation Sunday that flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin will help bring Republicans to Biden’s side.
“I think Vice President Biden will be a different kind of president,” Richmond (D-La.) said according to Fox News. “I think he’s going to be able to bring House members from the Republican side, Senate Republicans together, on legislation.
“But then again, you have to look at his numbers. He won Arizona, he won Georgia,” Richmond added. “That will give him some coattails and some leverage when dealing with the Senate.”
Biden’s climate change initiative includes rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 75 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050, decreasing global warming by 0.1°C by the end of the century. The president-elect’s plan also includes investments in infrastructure, the auto industry, transit, the power sector, upgrading and weatherizing buildings, housing, innovation, agriculture and conservation, and environmental justice initiatives.