Biden: Mainstream Democrats win general election fights

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE defended his policies against more progressive ideas in an interview that aired on Friday, saying mainstream Democrats have won most general election races. 

"Look who won last time out," Biden told CNN's Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump takes shot at Cuomo's brother ahead of Oval Office meeting Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE. "In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who were very progressive on social issues, and very strong on education, health care."  

 

A number of progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (D-N.Y.), stormed Congress earlier this year after surprise primary victories against more establishment members of the party, including Ocasio-Cortez's primary opponent, Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements CNBC anchor Caruso-Cabrera to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in primary Ocasio-Cortez: 'Impossible' to find a good bacon, egg and cheese in DC MORE (D-N.Y.). 

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Biden appeared to issue a warning against leftward movement within the party, questioning whether progressives could perform well in a nationwide, general election. 

"I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary," he said. 

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, has hit at Biden's centrist stances, warning he will depress turnout in a general election against President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE

"I think that he's not a pragmatic choice," the rising Democratic star said last month. "If you pick the perfect candidate like Joe Biden to win that guy in the diner, the cost will make you lose because you will depress turnout as well."

“And that’s exactly what happened to 2016. We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed," she said.

Biden is facing progressive Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) in the Democratic primary, both of whom have proposed leftward-leaning ideas like “Medicare for all.” 

The former vice president has warned against those ideas, instead, pointing to his own ideas, which he says are more "rational."

"I have a plan how to do that that's rational, that will cost a hell of a lot less and that will work," he said.