Most Democrats are "center-left", not "way left", former Vice President Joe Biden argued in an interview airing Friday, and while he believes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "brilliant, bright woman" her far-left stances are not what his party needs to win national elections.
Biden told CNN's Chris Cuomo that while he was prepared to be a focal point at last week's debate, he didn't anticipate that Harris would be the candidate leading the charge.
"I think it'd be great to have a female VP", Biden said.
On Thursday, Biden said his record on civil rights "stands for itself".
"I get all this information about other people's past and what they've done and not done, and, you know, I'm just not going to go there", he said.
Speaking with Chris Cuomo on CNN, the former vice president threw shade at Ocasio-Cortez - arguing that her support of Medicare for all and other progressive stances can not win closely-contested elections in battleground states.More news: Sony unveils WF-1000XM3 true wireless noise-cancelling earbuds
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On CNN, he said he supported voluntary busing and busing when a court proved there were actions taken to segregate schools - but that he opposed the practice when it was mandated by "unelected" officials.
"I mean, what we should be debating what we do from here".
She told the audience, "I prosecuted the big banks when they preyed on homeowners". That's for him and his team to decide and to explain.
When asked by Cuomo why he did not defend his record more forcefully during the debate, the candidate said he did not want to engage in negative behavior.
The clash between Harris and Biden became a debate flashpoint, sending her soaring in post-debate polls, while he has seen a slump.
"I don't have to atone", he told reporters in Iowa after darting through an Independence Day parade, according to Politico.