O'Rourke: Biden would be a return to the past

O'Rourke: Biden would be a return to the past
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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who is running for president, on Thursday said that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE represents a “return to the past” for the party.

“We cannot return to the past. We cannot simply be about defeating Donald Trump,” O’Rourke said while calling for more progressive policy proposals during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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"Is Joe Biden a return to the past?" co-host Willie Geist asked the former congressman.

"He is," O'Rourke responded of his fellow White House hopeful. “And that cannot be who we are going forward. We’ve got to be bigger. We’ve got to be bolder. We have to set a much higher mark and be relentless in pursuing that."

 

After the interview, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughPelosi refers to McConnell as 'Moscow Mitch' Scarborough criticized for retweeting account claiming 'no way' Epstein's death was suicide Trump hits MSNBC's Donny Deutsch over new TV show MORE took to Twitter to tout O'Rourke's candidacy.

“He has been doing well over the past month,” Scarborough wrote. “As I said a few weeks back, do not take your eyes off of his candidacy. He can still win.”

 

O’Rourke rose to national prominence when he narrowly lost a race in reliably red Texas against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (R) in 2018.

The launch of his presidential campaign stirred interest, but he has struggled to gain traction in the polls.

Biden, however, has been consistently polling at the top of the crowded Democratic field of two dozen candidates vying for the opportunity to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE in 2020.

The former vice president led the pack with 24 percent of the vote in an Iowa poll conducted by veteran pollster Ann Selzer for The Des Moines Register and CNN this week.

In that poll, only 2 percent of Iowa Democrats say O'Rourke would be their first choice in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, a large drop from December, when he had 11 percent support. 

O’Rourke on Sunday brushed off the low spot in the poll.

"I don't know that this many months out from the caucuses in Iowa these polls really indicate what our prospects are," O'Rourke told George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' Trump allies defend attacks on Cummings amid Democratic denunciations De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently' MORE on ABC's "This Week."  

"If I relied on polls, in any race I've run, I never would have served in the U.S. Congress, never would have taken on Ted Cruz, never would have been able to lead the largest grass-roots effort in the state of Texas," he added.