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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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."


"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 ScarboroughBiden to CBS reporter: 'Why, why, why, why, why?' Controversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79 Scarborough: 'Teflon Joe' Biden weathering storm amid Warren's 'political bleeding' 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 CruzCruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue Republicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap 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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 StephanopoulosKlobuchar channels 'Hamilton,' says she wants to hear from 'the men in the room where it happened' in impeachment trial GOP senator on Trump soliciting foreign interference: 'Those are just statements' Alan Dershowitz: Argument president cannot be impeached for abusing power a 'strong one' 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.