Biden: Mainstream Democrats win general election fights

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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 CuomoNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses N-word during radio interview 10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Tulsi Gabbard rips Trump's Syria decision: 'Kurds are now paying the price' 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-CortezTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' Former Obama official pushes back against assertion of unfair Sanders media coverage 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) CrowleyCBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally Ocasio-Cortez, Monica Lewinsky empathize with Meghan Markle's 'sudden prominence' 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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies 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.