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

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (Colo.) said Wednesday that his fellow candidate, front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate 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 TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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 ButtigiegO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Buttigieg: Biden gave 'bad' debate answer on slavery's legacy O'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows 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 MoultonYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Wall Street ends volatile month in major test for Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Hurricane headed for Florida changes Trump's travel plans 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.