In a move that may hurt his standing among the progressive wing of Democrats, during an interview with Axios, Biden took a shot at AOC by saying the media has gotten it wrong and she is not the “new party.”
On the topic of “medicare for all” Biden claimed “the party is not there” though statistically that can be disputed.
The survey found a net 52 percent of Democrats voters were more likely to back a candidate if the candidate were to back Medicare for All, which serves as 17 percent gain since 35 percent net support in January.
Biden’s comments risk narrowing his lane and alienating himself from the young, progressive voters in the Democratic party.
NY Post reports Joe Biden has squashed claims the Democratic Party is making a hard-left turn — claiming in a new interview that the majority of the party doesn’t support the views of firebrand socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary [Clinton]. AOC was the new party,” the presidential wannabe, 77, told Axios, claiming media coverage of radical Democrats had it wrong.
“She’s a bright and wonderful person, but where’s the party?” Biden said of the Bronx-born politician, suggesting her reputation had been exaggerated. “Come on, man.”
The former vice president, a top-polling contender since he announced his White House bid in April, said progressive Democrats represented a much smaller faction of the party and claimed voters didn’t want Medicare for All — a key proposal of rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
“The party’s not there, the party’s not there at all,” the former vice president said when asked if he thought the idea was “political suicide.”
When told his opponents supported the policy, Biden doubled down and said the media were wrong about the future of the party.