The Full Transcript of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 60-Second Speech at the DNC

Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a 60-second speech on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention.

In her speech, she said:

"Good evening, bienvenidos, and thank you to everyone here today endeavoring towards a better, more just future for our country and our world, in fidelity and gratitude to a mass people's movement working to establish 21st century social, economic and human rights, including guaranteed healthcare, higher education, living wages and labor rights for all people in the United States; a movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia, and to propose and build reimagined systems of immigration and foreign policy that turn away from the violence and xenophobia of our past; a movement that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many and who organized a historic grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy; in a time when millions of people in the United States are looking deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of health care, in espirito del pueblo and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders for president of the United States of America."

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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on stage during the 2019 Athena Film Festival closing night film, "Knock Down the House" at the Diana Center at Barnard College on March 3, 2019 in New York City. Lars Niki/Getty

In 2017, Ocasio-Cortez, age 30, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She was a supporter of former Democratic presidential nominee Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and publicly criticized Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In April, Ocasio-Cortez voiced her support for Biden, but urged his campaign to take serious steps to address concerns raised by the party's left-wing.

"Beating [Republican President] Donald Trump is a matter of life or death for our communities," she told The New York Times. "I think it's a difference between making an argument for harm reduction, and making the argument for, there's actually going to be progress made for us."

"The whole process of coming together should be uncomfortable for everyone involved—that's how you know it's working," she continued. "And if Biden is only doing things he's comfortable with, then it's not enough."

By late April, both Biden and Ocasio-Cortez's staffs had reached out to one another, with her endorsement working to potential attract younger voters as she represents the goals of the Democratic party's progressive movement.

She later joined Biden's Climate Policy Task Force, a luminary member known for her February 2019 co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal (GND), a proposed package of laws focused on virtually eliminating U.S. greenhouse gas pollution within a decade and new job creation.

Biden's campaign website now states that he believes the GND is "a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face."