Bennet: Biden does not represent the Democratic Party's future

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (Colo.) said Wednesday that his fellow candidate, front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE, does not represent the future of the Democratic Party. 

Pressed by PBS "NewsHour" anchor Judy Woodruff on whether Biden represents where the party is going, Bennet responded "No, I don't think so."

"It's time for a new generation of leadership," he said.

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Bennet said he was not surprised that the former vice president is leading in the polls given his name recognition and powerful allies, but said there will be "a vigorous competition of ideas" in the Democratic primary. 

"I don't think the country, especially the part of the country I come from, Colorado, I don't think we have any idea what the national Democratic Party stands for," Bennet said. "That has to be understood by the voters, so that we can take on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE and beat him."

Bennet, a long-shot candidate in a crowded Democratic field, isn't the only 2020 Democrat to call for new leadership.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE called for a new generation of leadership in his campaign launch. If elected, Buttigieg, 37, would be the youngest U.S. president. 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonBullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (D-Mass.), one of a number of candidates who served in the military, has said the generation that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan should step up as leaders. 

Biden, 76, leads the Democratic field in a number of polls. The former vice president has been panned by a number of his progressive opponents for his more centrist policies that some say do not represent today's Democratic Party.