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Michigan Democrats hoping for pink and blue wave in November

11 August 2018
Michigan Democrats hoping for pink and blue wave in November

Greg Gutfeld and the panel on "The Five" reacted to NY democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turning down an offer from conservative author Ben Shapiro to debate him on the issues, with the added incentive of a $10,000 campaign contribution.

Shapiro extended the invitation to Ocasio-Cortez on his "The Ben Shapiro Show" on Wednesday, telling his audience he would donate $10,000 to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign or a charity if she would come on the show to debate him so that he could "probe" her belief system.

The most closely watched contest of the night, however, was next door in OH, where a solitary special election for a conservative-leaning House seat outside Columbus became in recent weeks a momentous test of wills between the two national parties. He's got the strong support of outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who he has loyally served for eight years.

She beat veteran Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the primary, prompting the Democratic National Committee's Tom Perez to describe the former Bernie Sanders campaign organizer as "the future" of the Democratic party.

"I'm here to tell you: right here right now, come November, the red wave is coming right through MI", he said. "Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you, I am willing to offer $10,000 to your campaign, today, for you to come on our Sunday special".

Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the offer as "catcalling".

On Friday Shapiro said there was "no question" that Ocasio-Cortez was playing the "victim card".

He went on to say that he didn't think there was "a lot of upside for her" to agree to the debate, saying she was unlikely to answer "questions well". "And she knows that, which is why her best move here would have been either to just ignore or to say no".

"We need a governor who can get things done and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get things done", she said.

"It turned into her claiming victim status", Shapiro said earlier on Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez gained national attention earlier this year following an upset victory over veteran Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for the latter's NY seat.