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Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have'

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden faces pressure from all sides on Israel Omar says Cheney 'as right-wing as they come' but removal 'shameful' MORE (D-Minn.) said former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE is not the kind of presidential candidate needed to lead sweeping societal change.

“There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country,” Omar told The Guardian on Saturday. “And I would say he is not one of them.”

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“I think it has been very clear to many of the people who have been creating the kind of movement that is exciting generations, that we want somebody who really has a plan that is going to tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have, and he doesn’t,” she added.

Omar's comments to The Guardian came at the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum, an event organized by progressive groups.

The event hosted 2020 White House hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE (I-Vt.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted MORE (D).

During her keynote speech, Omar demanded "a president who realizes we are not just fighting for one election; we are fighting for the very soul of our democracy and what society we want to become."

Her comments critical of Biden came after The Guardian asked her if Biden could be that candidate.

The centrist former senator has been the leader in the majority of national and state polls.

One of his progressive opponents, Warren, passed Biden for the first time in Iowa polling guru Ann Selzer's state survey released Saturday.

Omar is not the only progressive lawmaker to be critical of Biden and his promise of a return to normalcy in 2020.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ocasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' Biden faces pressure from all sides on Israel MORE (D-N.Y.) previously criticized Biden over his climate change platform.