Progressive commentator: Biden's views 'way more conservative' than Obama's

Nominating former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition MORE as the party's candidate to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE would represent a rightward turn for Democrats, according to progressive commentator Emma Vigeland, who argued Thursday that Biden's views are "way more conservative" than those of former President Obama.

"The reason Obama picked him as his running mate in 2008 was because he was going to win over the more conservative faction of the Democratic Party and the faction of the Democratic Party that wasn't cool with a black guy being the nominee," Vigeland, a correspondent and producer at the The Young Turks, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"The fact that he's trying to paint this as if he's continuing Obama's legacy -- no, he would actually be way further right than Obama. And his track record for the electorate is going to be a problem." Vigeland added.

Biden played a key role in advancing the 1994 crime bill and has been reluctant to address criticisms over his previous opposition to school integration through busing.

National polls consistently show that Biden is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

—Alec D'Angelo