Biden apologizes for comments on segregationist Democrats after criticism

Laverne Higgins
July 10, 2019

"But I applaud him for having the courage to at least, as it relates to his comments about segregationists, to make the statement he made". 'The way to deal with that problem is what I did from the time I was a kid.

'This isn't about a hoodie, ' Booker declared in a Friday tweet.

Biden also is highlighting his eight years as Obama's vice president, from 2009 to 2017.

Speaking to the Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, the white former vice president said he envisioned a society in which everyone realizes the 'kid in the hoodie might be the next poet laureate and not a gang-banger'. "America in 2019 is a very different place than the the 1970s, and that's a good thing", he said.

Since Harris confronted Biden over his comments about his decades-old relationship with segregationist senators and his record on past public school busing, her campaign has sought to capitalize on the moment.

Although he was referring to the few seconds granted by moderators on the crowded debate stage, his words went viral on Twitter as a symbolic admission that he is a man of yesteryear in a party demanding radical change. Biden also held up Sen. "We have got to back whoever the nominee is, and I pray to God that's Joe".

"It's the first opportunity I've had to do it in a fulsome way". I'm not going to go there, ' he said.

'I heard, and I listened to, and I respect Senator Harris, ' Biden said.

Harris muddled 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.

Biden has surged to the top of the Democratic pack arguing that he is best positioned to defeat President Donald Trump because he can build a broad coalition of support.

Black voters have played a critical role in the Democratic primary process, and winning the party's nomination would be unlikely without their support. But Catanch, 73, said she wasn't concerned about any critique of Biden's past stances, including on busing, and instead admired what she characterized as Biden's commitment to stay above the fray. "What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education, that's what I opposed". "I need a fearless boundary-breaker, a daughter of immigrants, an accomplished professional who bends the system until it works for the people", Phelan said.

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At the same time, lingering questions from the debate, and from the early part of her campaign, have followed Harris through the state in recent days.

A CNN national poll showed Biden's support dropping 10 points since May. And he has led in every early voting state.

"There's time for any candidate to course-correct, ' he said".

'It does not get any easier from here, so he has to be prepared, ' he said. Among blacks, support for Biden was cut in half.

'I was for voluntary bussing, ' he said.

'It just seems like he wasn't thinking this through'.

"These are the kind of things that do cause hurt and harm", Booker told CNN soon after Biden's initial comments in June.

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

'My president gets much too little credit for all that he did. Herman Talmadge (D-GA) as an example of political civility - a man whom Biden described as being "one of the meanest guys I ever knew". When reporters asked in Iowa whether she was anxious about a reputation for backtracking, Harris said that she had been "consistent" on the issues. Biden, who is white, then said he did not have "a racist bone in my body" and asked reporters, "Apologise for what?"

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of NY, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont, and Representative Ilhan Omar (L), Democrat of Minnesota, during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2019.

Biden, 76, asked on Saturday afternoon during a speech in Sumter, South Carolina.

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