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

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew California law bans school lunch debt shaming The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions MORE (D-Minn.) said former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment 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 Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' 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-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (D-N.Y.) previously criticized Biden over his climate change platform.