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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said the news media misinterpreted what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race 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 SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.).

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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.

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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 ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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. 

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