Biden says he didn't intend to use term 'boy' in offensive context

Biden says he didn't intend to use term 'boy' in offensive context

"Here's about him evoking a grisly vitality dynamic that he confirmed a lack of abilities or insensitivity to by invoking this thought that he changed into once known as son by white segregationists who, sure, they gape in him their son", Booker, a 2020 democratic presidential candidate, mentioned all the plan by an interview on ABC's "This Week".

It was Thurmond who began the wholesale conversion of southern Democrat segregationists into Republicans when he announced in 1964 that he was quitting the Democratic Party to support Republican Barry Goldwater for the presidency.

Joe Biden has sat atop the crowded Democratic presidential field from virtually the moment he joined the race, leading the polls, raking in money and campaigning with the air of an inevitable nominee.

"There is a huge elephant in the room this cycle - which is race", said Quentin James, executive director of The Collective PAC, which is working to ensure a black candidate is on the Democratic ticket.

"A history lesson is warranted: Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge were *Democrats*-as were other segregationists", tweeted Sen.

Biden countered that it was Booker who should apologize because the senator "should know better" than to question his commitment to civil rights. But along with calling Biden out on his language, Booker also sent a fundraising pitch hammering Biden for the work itself. "Don't try to make him out to be a racist", said co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

But Biden did not apologize - in fact, he called on Booker to apologize to him.

"I think he's got to address it head on and show people what his line of thinking was", said Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist in SC who is close with Biden's team.

Aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed to The Washington Post that people in the campaign had urged Biden to use a "less toxic" example in order to make the same point.

In today's Democratic Party, "compromise" and "consensus" are dirty words.

But for Biden to hold on to his front-runner status, he'll need to have a good answer in the first debate next week on this particular issue.

Fourth, and perhaps most important, attacking Biden as a segregationist sympathizer allows the left to dodge the substance of what he actually said.

The controversy arose while Biden spoke at the private fundraiser in New York City.

Politically, if his rivals can get a foothold in Biden's bloc of African-American supporters, it could open up the entire contest.

Biden tried clarifying his remarks, saying he was trying to argue that leaders sometimes have to work with people they disagree with to achieve goals, such as renewing the Voting Rights Act.

Buttigieg has spent the week dealing with a crisis in South Bend, after a white police officer shot a black man early on Sunday who he said had flashed a knife.

The controversy over Biden's comments this week have continued to reverberate at a crucial time in the campaign, with matters of race dominating the political discussion ahead of several prominent gatherings, including the first presidential debate next week and a multicandidate event before black voters in SC on Friday.

"It became really clear to me that although the Hyde Amendment was created to try to split the difference here to make sure women still had access, you can't have access if in fact everyone is covered by a federal policy", Biden said. "This election is about how we connect with the American people, addressing their kitchen table needs".

Lewis is not the first black lawmaker to support Biden this week.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivers remarks on foreign policy and national security, in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S., June 11, 2019. Cory Booker has gotten. "You don't have to like the people in terms of their views", he said.

Buttigieg, Seawright said, was in deeper trouble.

Seawright, the black party strategist, said the best avenue for any Biden rival to cut into his SC lead may be through younger black voters who aren't as loyal to Biden. The trouble in South Bend, "is just another lump in his political carpet".

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