Biden apologizes for comments defending segregationist senators

Biden apologizes for comments defending segregationist senators

Biden's halting response to a bruising debate attack on racial issues from rival Kamala Harris, a black United States senator from California, has some Democrats in Iowa rethinking their support for the former vice president.

"Was I wrong a few weeks ago?" the former vice president and DE senator asked a mostly black audience of several hundred people in Sumter during the first day of a weekend visit to SC. "And I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody", Biden said during a speech in SC. I'm sorry for the pain and misconception I may have caused anybody.

Sen. Kamala Harris, another critic of Biden's civil rights record, on Saturday proposed a $100 billion federal program to help black people buy homes, calling on the nation to "deal with the racial wealth gap". The shirts include a childhood photo of Harris, who at the debate discussed her childhood experience with the busing integration of elementary schools in Berkeley, California, in 1968.

Biden told CNN that his stance on busing was taken out of context and that he wasn't expecting Harris to attack him the way she did.

"I'm flawed and imperfect like everyone else".

"I've worked to make that change happen, and yes, I've changed also", Biden said in prepared remarks released to the press ahead of his Sumter stop.

"America in 2019 is a very different place than the America of the 1970s". Several Democrats who came to a picnic in West Des Moines to listen to Harris said they were excited at the possibility she could wound Trump the way she did Biden. Schools were segregated when she was a kid and she recalled not meeting a black girl her age until leaving for college. Her campaign later confirmed it raised almost half a million from sales of T-shirts showing the image of the senator as a little girl and the words "That little girl was me", referring to comments she made to Biden about her busing experience as a child. "There should be first-rate schools of quality in every neighbourhood of this nation, especially in 2019 America".

But Biden, who entered the race as a frontrunner with a double-digit lead in polls over others, raised more money per-day than anyone because his $21.5 million collection came in just 66 days since he launched his campaign on April 26, compared to Buttigieg's, and all others, 90 days, the full quarter. Marlon Kimpson in Charleston Sunday.

Mr Biden said US President Donald Trump is overtly racist and a divisive president who governs as though "any problem that we have is because of those drug-dealing Mexicans".

Harris planned to appear in Florence, Hartsville and Myrtle Beach in her ninth trip to SC, having spent more time there than any other state. I hope not. I don't think so. Biden admitted on Friday that he "wasn't prepared" for Harris' debate attack. "He does have a history of fighting, but I think he lost some of that electability argument by performing so poorly against Kamala Harris". "It's an echo chamber", Harpootlian said, adding that he believes the state's primary voters will be older and heavily African American.

And I mean, I get all this information about other people's pasts, and what they've done and not done. They filed joint taxes and reported about $1.2 million in adjusted gross income that year.

Interested in Joe Biden? "She took that shot".

Harris notably accused Biden, a former senator from DE, of opposing the busing of black students to schools in white neighborhoods during the 1970s as part of efforts to desegregate schools. Segregation persists now not necessarily as a function of legislator. "We got things done", Biden said.

The technicalities of those arguments mattered little to J.A. Moore, a SC state representative who is backing Harris and felt a personal connection to her story.

"Black Americans were excluded from participating in the first industrial revolution and the wealth it generated", said Harris, the daughter of a black father from Jamaica and an Indian mother. "African Americans in SC have been marginalized, have dealt with all kinds of discriminatory practices".

The Essence Festival was the first time either of the Obamas was asked publicly to weigh in on the unfolding controversy surrounding Biden. I don't think he's a racist, personally.

Asked about that later in a scrum with reporters on the White House lawn, Trump replied, "I don´t think I´m a bully".

Much has been made about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and Biden's comments fully ignore the fact that all of those interference activities occurred while Barack Obama was president and Biden was his vice president.

"That just isn't an honest assessment of my record, and I'm going to let my record and my character stand for itself and not be distorted or smeared", he added.

"I've been doing this rodeo far too long", she said. "We have got to back whoever the nominee is, and I pray to God that's Joe".

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