Biden: Mainstream Democrats win general election fights

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion 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 CuomoChris CuomoChris Cuomo blasts Trump over photo with Goya products: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans' Democratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have a history of suing neighbors 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-CortezLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Trump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' 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) CrowleyProgressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary How a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again 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.