Biden's comments on Ocasio-Cortez get at the heart of a debate inside the Democratic Party: While liberal icons, including a number of newly elected members, grab headlines, the party swept into the majority in the House on the backs of more moderate members who won in swing districts.
"That's what this election is about".
Talking to reporters after marching in a July 4th parade in the small town of Independence, Biden shrugged off concerns about the polls and said he was happy with his debate performance.
Asked by CNN why he did not push back against the criticisms as aggressively as he is now, Biden said, "What I didn't want to do was get into that scrum. I don't think she would be baited into a shouting match", said Lisa Earles, 37, of Clive, who was wearing an "Iowa Stands With Refugees" t-shirt. "Mainstream Democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education and healthcare".
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of NY, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont, and Representative Ilhan Omar (L), Democrat of Minnesota, during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2019.
The Democratic presidential candidates - and scores of congressmen and other elected officials - fanned out around the country on Thursday.
The total places Harris fourth behind Democrats who have released their fundraising totals: South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million; former Vice President Joe Biden raked in $21.5 million, and US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised $18 million over the same period.
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"Busing did not work", he said.
On the topic of immigration, Biden said he doesn't agree with calls to decriminalize entering the US without documentation, a proposal put forth by Julián Castro and backed by Sen.
Biden also swiped at Sanders' Medicare-for-All universal health care proposal, saying that he has a plan that's "rational" and will "cost a hell of a lot less". "What's it going to do?"
Harris´s exchange with Biden was seen as a standout moment during the two debates among the two dozen candidates seeking to become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020. "So if you look at what he's done, and if you look at what we've straightened out-I call it the Obama-Biden mess".
Biden's task is now to convince Americans that his brand of politics has a better chance of defeating President Donald Trump in 2020.
Her campaign said Friday that of the money she raised this quarter, half a million dollars came from her online store.