Biden says he picked SC as spot for apology

07/08/2019 04:50 | 1

Biden says he picked SC as spot for apology

Biden also went on the attack saying it was wrong for critics to use that "misstep (to) define a 50-year record of fighting for civil rights and racial justice in this country, as he invoked civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, who as attorney general pushed for the Civil Rights Act, as his inspiration".

"I think it resonates with younger voters who get all their news off Twitter or Facebook".

Biden has been reluctant to apologize when apologies have been demanded by opponents and activists on issues including his attitude to race and his behaviour towards women.

Trump has focussed his attacks on Biden because polls show, even those done by the president's re-election campaign, that the former vice-president has a persistent double-digit lead on him in head-to-head polls.

Harris muddied the debate over busing during a recent campaign swing in Iowa, appearing to tell reporters she now opposes federally mandated busing to address school segregation. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden - who served in the Obama administration for eight years - she offered very little, saying: "I do not". Then, I am truly sorry for that.

As TheGrio previously reported, the congresswoman was quick to shade 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden on issues of race and school bussing during the Democratic debate last week, and now she's leading the pack when it comes to reaping big money. Harris is one of two black candidates in the contest.

Harris, who planned appearances Sunday in Florence, Hartsville and Myrtle Beach during her ninth trip to the state, has spent more time in SC than any other state in the early primary landscape.

During the debate, Harris discussed her own experience with being bused in the 1970s as an elementary school student growing up in Berkeley, Calif. "They don't want to talk much about my time as Vice President", Biden said. Biden asked a mostly black audience of several hundred people in Sumter on Saturday, the first day of a weekend visit to SC. Biden was vetted and selected by Obama in 2008 and "I will take his judgment of my record, my character, and my ability to handle the job over anyone else's", Biden said.

During the first 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate last week, Harris told Biden: "I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground. And that's a good thing", Biden said, according to a transcript circulated by his campaign ahead of his speech.

Biden's appearances in SC is scheduled to overlap with Harris', though the pair are not scheduled to appear in any of the same cities.

Harris´s exchange with Biden was seen as a standout moment during the two debates among the two dozen candidates seeking to become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.

"I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me", he said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo that aired Friday.

During his weekend in the state, Biden defended his record on racial issues and reminded voters of his ties to former President Barack Obama, whose popularity in SC remains high.

Despite the critiques of his record, Biden maintains a strong standing with African American voters.

Biden: "I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary". They don't want a promise of what's to come in the future.


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