Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden doesn't represent the future of the party, Colorado candidate Michael Bennet said on PBS this week.

"It's time for a new generation of leadership," said Bennet, 54, in discussing Biden, 76.

During an interview Wednesday, PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff asked Bennet: "Does Joe Biden represent the future?"

"No, I don't think so," Bennet answered.

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That's coming from a candidate who polls show to be near the back of the pack among some two dozen Democratic candidates for the White House, whereas former Vice President Biden has been comfortably in the lead since he announced his candidacy.

Bennet, a Colorado senator, told Woodruff that he was "not surprised that [Biden] is leading in the polls, because he has more name recognition certainly than I do. But we are going to have a vigorous competition of ideas in this Democratic primary. And I think we need to do that, because I don't think the country, especially the part of the country I come from, Colorado, I don't think we have any idea what the national Democratic Party stands for. And that has to be understood by the voters, so that we can take on Donald Trump and beat him."

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In the interview (transcript here), Bennet also talks about health care, tariffs and trade, and his new book, "The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics."

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