Joe Biden apologizes for comments about working with segregationist senators

Henrietta Strickland
July 8, 2019

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.

Also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Sen.

Biden, who served as vice president under the first black US president Barack Obama, had until now pointedly resisted apologising for the remarks he made on June 18 that had drawn criticism from Democratic rivals, exposing racial and generational tensions among the candidates. "I'll take his judgment of my record, my character and my ability to handle the job over anyone else's".

"America in 2019 is a very different place than the America of the 1970s". But some Democrats said there was still plenty of time for Biden to recover. "Take a look, see what I stand for and what I stand for is everything about promoting women generally and black women in particular". On his third trip to the state since he entered the race in late April, he meant to stress the eight years he served in the White House with Barack Obama, the first black president, and the significant change for the good that he said has taken place in the country since the 1970s. "They don't want to talk much about my time as Vice President", Biden added.

Of course you don't have to endorse Joe Biden to come out and defend him, and the silence of both Barack and Michelle Obama in coming to Joe's defense speaks volumes, especially since Biden takes any opportunity he can to name drop Obama, even to defend his own civil rights record.

On Saturday, Biden finally apologized during a campaign stop in SC.

"Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again?" the former vice-president told supporters in Sumter, South Carolina. "Yes, I was. I regret it", Biden. "I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody".

One of his 2020 rivals, California Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the recent Democratic Party presidential debate, the former vice president now regrets ever praising two white segregationists as examples of political civility. Harris countered by saying voters are "going to make their decisions based not just on who they were associated with, but. the work we've done, and most importantly our plans for the future of America".

"I'm proud to be working with AOC and so many other Democrats to pass Medicare for All, debt-free college, and a Green New Deal", Sanders tweeted, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

"I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland", Biden said, reportedly in a southern accent.

Booker had also taken issue with Biden's use of the word "boy" while talking in the past.

The apology goes back to comments Biden made at a NY fundraiser when the long-serving senator spoke about the need for consensus to fix the "broken" political system. "But I also believe, and it's personal and I was actually very - it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country".

"I know Joe Biden. So, I feel a sense of gratitude and we all should, I think at least, should give him that gratitude and that thanks".

But Biden didn't spend his entire speech Saturday on offense.

The speech comes after weeks of scrutiny of Biden's record on race from his earliest years in the US Senate. The crime bill was created to deal with that problem.

The gaffe-prone Biden's early lead has tumbled in the week since Sen.

"It worked, it worked in some areas". Was I wrong to do that?

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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