Kamala Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated

Henrietta Strickland
July 5, 2019

Harris was widely considered the biggest victor of Thursday night's debate, in part due to her aggressively going after Biden's past position against busing children to desegregate schools and his past statements of how he worked well with segregationist members of Congress.

When asked to clarify her position, she merely repeated, "I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district".

"Today it is very rare that we require the courts or the federal government to intervene", Harris told reporters Thursday before a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa.

Biden told CNN's Chris Cuomo that while he was prepared to be a focal point at last week's debate, he didn't anticipate that Harris would be the candidate leading the charge. The crowd burst in applause.

The feud erupted as Harris enjoyed a surge in a number of post-debate polls and both she and Biden descended on Iowa for the Fourth of July holiday. Harris' fiery exchange with Biden on his record of opposing busing went viral and earned her a major boost in the race.

Though Biden's deputy campaign manager slammed Harris for the reversal, Biden himself didn't seem too bothered when reporters brought it up to him. Biden said he was in favor of voluntary busing but opposed federally mandated busing.

In the 1970s and 80s, Biden was an outspoken critic of federally mandated busing. Back then, he even sponsored a congressional measure that would have imposed funding limits for federal busing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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