Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't buying everyone's claims of a more progressive Democratic party.
In an interview with Axios set to air Sunday, the moderate 2020 candidate was asked about his Democratic rivals' promise to install Medicare-for-all. "The money's not there," Biden responded, and then went into a brief rant about "the party's not there" with its support of the progressive policy either.
"You guys got it all wrong about what happened" after the 2016 election, Biden said to Axios' Mike Allen in the interview segment posted Friday. When Allen told Biden he "sounds like Trump," he brushed off the comparison. Biden then called it "just bad judgment" that the media apparently thought "the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary [Clinton]" and that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) "was a new party." "She's a bright, wonderful person. But where's the party?" Biden questioned.
Throughout his 2020 run, Biden has insisted that he's on the progressive end of the Democratic party even as he faces more leftist candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement.