Sarah Palin Begs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Debate Following Congress Bid

Sarah Palin said she would beg Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) for a debate on a host of topics if she were to be elected to Congress.

The former governor of Alaska made the claim while speaking to Jesse Watters on his show on Monday night.

This desire for the debate comes after Palin announced her congressional run in Alaska following the death of Don Young, who had been Congress' longest serving current member.

A snippet of Palin saying she would beg AOC for a debate has also been shared on social media and been viewed over 100,000 times.

"Are there members of congress that you are looking forward to, on the Republican side perhaps, to work with and have you considered what it might be like passing AOC in the hallway? I am sure you would be very polite," Watters said.

"I will be very polite and I will beg her to debate me, please AOC. Debate me on education, on capitalism on how to run a business, on our nation's security, on what it takes to be energy independent again in order to be solvent and sovereign," Palin answered.

"I would do that, oh gosh I want to debate her."

Palin went on to say she was willing to work with both sides of the aisle, but criticised the Democrats' leadership.

"I'm used to working with both sides of the aisle. Granted, the other side of the aisle, in this day and age, is pretty wacko.

"Because they are being led by people like AOC, right? That doesn't make much sense at all.

"After the shellacking they will have to endure in these mid-terms, I think they will have some lessons to be learned."

In her statement announcing her run for congress, Palin said she would be focused on fighting back against the "far-left" in the U.S.

"America is at a tipping point. As I've watched the far-left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight."

"At this critical time in our nation's history, we need leaders who will combat the left's socialist, big government, America-last agenda.

"This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children's future, and selling out our nation's interests to the highest bidder."

Former President Donald Trump also endorsed Palin in her congressional run.

Trump's Backing

He described the former governor as a "wonderful patriot" and it was his turn to publicly back her as she did him during his 2016 presidential campaign.

"Sarah has been a champion for Alaska values, Alaska energy, Alaska jobs, and the great people of Alaska. She was one of the most popular Governors because she stood up to corruption in both State Government and the Fake News Media," Trump said in a statement on Sunday.

"Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down, and I am proud to give her my Complete and Total Endorsement, and encourage all Republicans to unite behind this wonderful person and her campaign to put America First," Trump said.

Newsweek has contacted Sarah Palin and AOC for comment.

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Former Governor Sarah Palin speaks during her appearance at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on June 26, 2016, in Pasadena, California. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prepares to speak during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2021, in Washington, DC. Sarah Palin said she wants to debate AOC, while speaking on Jesse Watters' show. Michael Schwartz and Drew Angerer/Getty Images