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

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Health Care: CDC links vitamin E oil to vaping illnesses | White House calls Pelosi drug price plan 'unworkable' | Dem offers bill for state-based 'Medicare for All' Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability Progressive House Democrat unveils bill to allow state-based 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Calif.) chastised Julián Castro on Friday following the former Housing and Urban Development secretary's attacks on Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE at Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate.

Speaking on CNN, Khanna, one of the leading supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report 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.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' Language is a weapon in political warfare — if the media play along MORE (D-Texas) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (D) both rebuked Castro over the remarks, comparing them to the style employed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE.

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.”