Here’s What Joe Biden Had To Say After AOC Criticized His Reported Climate Plan

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with other progressive Democrats, recently criticized older politicians who may find the Green New Deal too extreme to support. Their remarks have largely been understood to be a jab at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is reportedly crafting a less-divisive plan to combat climate change, according to The Hill. Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Biden said Ocasio-Cortez should review his environmental record, adding that he didn’t believe her remarks were about him.

“You never heard me say middle of the road," Biden said in an interview, according to video footage shared by CNN. "I’ve never been middle of the road on the environment. Tell her to check the statement that I made and look at my record."

Last week, Reuters reported that Biden’s team was working on an environmental policy proposal that they hoped would gain support from both Democrats and Republicans. The report pointed to an adviser who described the ideal plan as a "middle ground" approach. Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders — who is also running for the Democratic presidential nomination — zeroed in on that description.

"And I will be damned if the same politicians who refuse to act then are going to try and come back today and say we need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a Monday night rally, according to the New York Post. “That is too much for me.”

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