Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says debate was 'breakaway night' for three candidates

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined a live The Late Show With Stephen Colbert following the first Democratic presidential debate, and the freshman congresswoman weighed in on who she thinks separated themselves from the very large pack.

“I really do think this was a breakaway night,” AOC said. “I think Elizabeth Warren really distinguished herself. I think Julian Castro really distinguished himself. I think Cory Booker did a great job in talking about criminal justice.”

Many who watched the debate agreed.

Unfortunately, for some of the lesser known candidates, they remain just more faces in the crowd. Asked about Tim Ryan (D-OH) and John Delaney (D-MD), AOC searched for something to say but came up with nothing other than, “Ya know, sometimes you’re an underdog until you’re not.”

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Democratic presidential hopeful former US Representative for Texas' 16th congressional district Beto O'Rourke speaks with the press in the Spin Room after participating in the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks in the media in the spin room following the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Former Maryland congressman John Delaney speaks during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) speaks as former housing secretary Julian Castro looks on during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential hopeful Former US Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district John Delaney gestures as he speaks during the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential hopeful US Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district Tulsi Gabbard gestures as she speaks during the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopefuls (fromL) US Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district Tim Ryan, Former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker gesture during the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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And, though AOC believes Warren, Castro, and Booker won the night, so far no candidate has won her endorsement.

When Colbert asked who she’s endorsing, AOC replied, “I have endorsed no one yet.” “Oh, you’re not prepared to do that tonight?” Colbert asked. AOC responded with a laugh, saying, “No, absolutely not.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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