Former Vice President defended his policies against more progressive ideas in an interview that aired on Friday, saying mainstream Democrats have won most general election races.
“Look who won last time out,” Biden told CNN’s . “In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who were very progressive on social issues, and very strong on education, health care.”
Biden: “I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary. In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education and healthcare” https://t.co/sZsGVNIduV pic.twitter.com/fcjaAtFEV2
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A number of progressives, including Rep. (D-N.Y.), stormed Congress earlier this year after surprise primary victories against more establishment members of the party, including Ocasio-Cortez’s primary opponent, Rep. (D-N.Y.).
Biden appeared to issue a warning against leftward movement within the party, questioning whether progressives could perform well in a nationwide, general election.
“I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary,” he said.
Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, has hit at Biden’s centrist stances, warning he will depress turnout in a general election against .
“I think that he’s not a pragmatic choice,” the rising Democratic star said last month. “If you pick the perfect candidate like Joe Biden to win that guy in the diner, the cost will make you lose because you will depress turnout as well.”
“And that’s exactly what happened to 2016. We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed,” she said.
Biden is facing progressive Sens. (I-Vt.) and (D-Mass.) in the Democratic primary, both of whom have proposed leftward-leaning ideas like “Medicare for all.”
The former vice president has warned against those ideas, instead, pointing to his own ideas, which he says are more “rational.”
“I have a plan how to do that that’s rational, that will cost a hell of a lot less and that will work,” he said.