Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Thursday that electing Joe Bidenwould be a return to the past, and urged Democrats to leave Obama-era policies behind.
The former Texas congressman also called on his party to evolve on major issues, instead of only being anti-Trump.
"You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough," O'Rourke said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "As much of a horror show as Trump has been -- his racism, the disaster of his foreign policy, his punishment of farmers and workers here in this country, we had real problems before Donald Trump became president."
You had folks who were working two and three jobs just to make ends meet. You had ten times the wealth in white America than you had in black America," he continued.
The comments from O'Rourke come just as the Democratic primary begins to heat up, with the first debate between the contenders being scheduled for June 26th.
“We cannot return to the past. We cannot simply be about defeating Donald Trump,” Beto O’Rourke tells @Morning_Joe.@WillieGeist: “So, is Joe Biden a return to the past?”— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 13, 2019
O’Rourke: “He is.” pic.twitter.com/NHIrznMwUs