WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke criticized Joe Biden on Thursday, saying the former vice president would just be a “return to the past,” slamming him over the Hyde Amendment, his support for the Iraq War and other issues.
- This looks like a preview of how O’Rourke plans to attack Biden in the first Democratic presidential primary debate later this month.
- In March, O’Rourke said, “I think we would be very lucky to have Vice President Biden in this race” but on Thursday he said, “I only know that this country should be able to do far better.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke criticized Joe Biden on Thursday, saying the former vice president would just be a “return to the past.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the former Texas representative said, “You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough. As much as a horror show as Trump has been … we had real problems before Donald Trump became president.”
“We cannot return to the past,” O’Rourke continued, slamming the Obama administration over its failure to get “meaningful” gun control laws passed and over the number of people it deported. “We cannot simply be about defeating Donald Trump.”
O’Rourke’s remarks were the most pointed criticism yet of the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. This looks like a preview of how the former congressman plans to attack Biden in the first Democratic presidential primary debate later this month.
In recent weeks, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, another Democrat presidential hopeful, has suggested, that choosing the former vice president as the Democrat’s nominee would be like turning “the clock back to the 1990s.”
O’Rourke was also asked on Thursday’s interview if Biden was a “return to the past.” He replied affirmatively, slamming Biden over the Hyde Amendment, his support for the Iraq War and other issues.
“He is,” O’Rourke answered. “And that cannot be who we are going forward. We’ve got to be bigger. You’ve got to ask yourself where Joe Biden is on the issues that are most important to you. Did he support the war in Iraq that forever destabilized the Middle East? Did he really believe that women of lower incomes should be able to make their own decisions about their own body, to be able to afford health care in order to do that? He supported the Hyde Amendment; he now opposes the Hyde Amendment.”
“I’m not exactly sure what he believes or what he should apologize for. I only know that this country should be able to do far better,” he added.
In March, before Biden announced his official entrance into the race, O’Rourke said, “I think we would be very lucky to have Vice President Biden in this race. I think he has a lot of perspective and experience to bring to bear on these problems.”
Source: NBC News