CNN's Cuomo: 'I Don't Know That There's Room for a Cuomo or a Biden' in the Democratic Party

February 7, 2018

CNN host Chris Cuomo said Wednesday that he is not sure there is room in the Democratic Party for more centrist politicians like his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, or former Vice President Joe Biden as the party moves further to the left.

Cuomo made the comment on "New Day" after playing a clip of his interview with Biden from the prior night.

The former vice president was reflecting on life after the death of his son, Beau, in 2015.

"Unless you figure out something that's more important to you than yourself, I think it's hard to be really happy," Biden said.

Co-host Alisyn Camerota praised Biden's comments after the clip finished.

"That's really powerful, really powerful. Beautiful sentiments you got out of him," Camerota said.

Cuomo said that "few people articulate their pain the way he does," before adding that he disagrees with Biden's read on the state of the Democratic Party.

"Dana, the calculus for him is not easy. We disagree on something fundamentally," Cuomo said, turning to CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash.

"You were joking, saying, 'Hey, you mentioned your father, not your brother.' Fair point," Cuomo said to Bash. "I think both of them are in the same box. I do believe that their party is not moving toward the center; it is moving toward the left. And I don't know that there's room for a Cuomo or a Biden in terms of where that party is going right now. Joe disagrees."

Despite his reputation as a centrist, Biden touted his progressive credentials on Tuesday.

When Cuomo said to Biden during their interview that he is pushing centrist policies while the Democratic Party moves further to the left, Biden pushed back, arguing, "I was rated one of the most liberal senators in the United States Senate" while serving in the chamber.

Both Biden and Andrew Cuomo have bee floated as potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.