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Bennet: ‘Time to Go Forward’ From Biden

• May 31, 2019 9:55 am

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Colorado senator and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bennet (D.) told CNN's John Berman that it's time to "go forward" from former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Well I certainly don't mean any disrespect for the vice president, I've got tremendous affection for him and I'm grateful for his service, but I do think it's time to go forward. I think it's time to go forward from an era where America invaded Iraq, I think it's time to go forward from lousy bipartisan deals that actually didn't advance the interests of the country," Bennet said.

Biden has remained the biggest target of the 2020 field of Democrats as he continues to lead in the polls, most recently coming under fire from Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) for the 1994 crime bill he authored. Bennet's comments come in response to Biden's calls for bipartisanship and compromise. "I read in the New York Times today that one of my problems is, if I ever were to run for president, I like Republicans," Biden said earlier this year, "But, from where I come from, I don't know how you get anything done. The only way to get anything done is if we start talking to one another again."

"I represent a state that's a third Republican, Democratic, and independent and I believe it's my responsibility to represent everyone in my state, no matter what party they're in, but the particular kind of tyranny that the freedom caucus has resented is one that can't be compromised with," Bennet said. "They have not compromised with anybody for ten years. Mitch McConnell is impervious to give and take unless he's taking everything which he is almost all the time."