Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, ripped into Joe Biden on Thursday and maintained the former vice president would be a “return to the past.”  

O’Rourke and Biden are both vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. His comments came Thursday during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC posted the video of his remarks on its website.

“You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough,” O’Rourke said. “As much as a horror show as Trump has been … we had real problems before Donald Trump became president.”

And he added: “We cannot return to the past.”  O’Rourke was pressed on whether he believed Biden is a return to the past.

“He is,” O’Rourke said. “And that cannot be who we are going forward.  We’ve got to be bigger.”

“You’ve got to ask yourself where Joe Biden is on the issues that are most important to you.” he said. “Did he support the war in Iraq that forever destabilized the Middle East? Did he really believe that women of lower incomes should be able to make their own decisions about their own body, to be able to afford healthcare in order to do that? 

“I’m not exactly sure what he believes or what he should apologize for. I only know that this country should be able to do far better.”

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