Biden: Media misinterpreted Ocasio-Cortez's impact on Democrats

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE said the news media misinterpreted what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE's (D-N.Y.) 2018 primary win meant for the direction of the Democratic primary in an interview set to air on Sunday. 

"You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary. AOC was a new party, She's a bright, wonderful person. But where's the party?" Biden told Axios's Mike Allen on "Axios on HBO." 

Biden, who is widely seen as the standard-bearer for centrist Democrats in the primary, has pushed back on a number of progressive proposals floated by Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (D-Mass.).


Ocasio-Cortez earlier this year endorsed the Vermont senator for president in the 2020 election, and is a proponent of progressive policies espoused by the candidate such as "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal. 

The former vice president has been vocal in warning against switching to a Medicare for All system, instead pushing for expanding the Affordable Care Act and adding a “public option” that allows people to select a government plan or use private insurance.

Biden said earlier this week that the majority of enthusiasm among Democrats was not behind Medicare for All. 

"I don’t think the bulk of the enthusiasm in the Democratic Party is for Medicare for All," he said. 

However, Biden has not only been in conflict with Sanders and Warren over the issue. 

The former vice president accused South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE (D) of stealing his health care policy idea on Monday. 

Buttigieg responded, saying his campaign was pitching the plan months before Biden entered the race.