In an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Democrats must not compromise with Republicans on climate change.
"We didn't win World War II by defeating half of our enemies and we can't win this by defeating half of the climate crisis," he said. "It is not the real world to think Mitch McConnell is going to embrace a major effort to mobilize against the climate crisis. That's a fool's errand. That's why we Democrats need to take away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell."
CNN HOST: You said this in your rollout, governor: "We can not have a middle ground proposal to build a clean energy future." Are you taking a shot at Joe Biden there?
GOV. JAY INSLEE: I am expressing the truth. Look, you can't approach this on a halfsies deal. We didn't win World War II by defeating half of our enemies and we can't win this by defeating half of the climate crisis. When you say we seek a middle grown when people in Iowa are seeking high ground from the floods, that won't cut it. We need a full mobilization.
My plan is the only plan that offers the real meat on the bone of how to put 8 million people to work, fully mobilizing the United States economy. We did this in World War II. We went from making 77 Jeeps in 1940 to 640,000 four years later. That's the type of mobilization we need. I intend to put to work not only our federal government, but $600 billion worth of private entrepreneurship on what works, which is good union labor and great investment in innovative economies. We're doing it here in D.C. I met two union guys who are doing fantastic work with advanced technology. That's what we need.
CNN HOST: Part of being in the field of 23 is you need to set yourself apart. That means laying out the differences between your competitors. And what I'm hearing from you right now is yes, you're speaking directly to Joe Biden in your comments about there is no middle ground. Joe Biden, though, has responded to this previously when this has come up about his comment about "middle ground." And he says in response that there is what he meant is there is no middle ground on climate change. He says what he's talking about is finding consensus, if you will. Do you agree consensus is needed to get any of any of this that you're talking about done?
JAY INSLEE: Listen, I think we have to live in the real wor the real world. And in the real world --
CNN HOST: Are you saying Joe Biden is not... living in reality?
JAY INSLEE: What I'm saying it is not the real world to think Mitch McConnell is going to embrace a major effort to mobilize against the climate crisis. That's a fool's errand. That's why we Democrats need to take away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell. I'm the first candidate to recognize that.