Khanna: I 'didn't appreciate' Castro's attack on Biden

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaRep. Ro Khanna: You can't claim you're resisting President Trump and hand the Pentagon a blank check Sanders campaign co-chair calls for progressive unity amid senators' fallout The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-Calif.) chastised Julián Castro on Friday following the former Housing and Urban Development secretary's attacks on Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE at Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate.

Speaking on CNN, Khanna, one of the leading supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, said that it was possible to make the case that Biden should not lead the Democratic Party or the nation going forward without showing disrespect for the former vice president's "lifetime of public service."

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"I don't think he has the vision to take us to the future, but as a person he has an admirable story," Khanna said Friday.

"I think we have to respect his service, and so I didn't appreciate the way Castro attacked him. But I think the argument needs to be about the future, and he is not the change agent for the future in leading the party. You can say that while still respecting his lifetime of public service."

"Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?" Castro asked Biden on the issue of auto-enrollment in health care plans. "I can't believe that you said, two minutes ago, that they had to buy in and now you're forgetting that. We need a health care system where you're automatically enrolled."

Castro, however, appears to be the one who misspoke, as Biden did not specifically say that consumers would have to buy-in to his plan.

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Castro later defended his comments in the post-debate spin room as well as in a fundraising email to supporters Friday.

“I had a critical choice to make on the debate stage last night,” he wrote in an email to supporters. “I could either play it safe and give Vice President Biden a free pass like everyone else. Or I could speak up, challenge the conversation, and demand answers for you and your family.”