Biden Says He Was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists

Biden Says He Was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists

Biden Says He Was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists

"I regret it and I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody", Biden said during a campaign event in SC. Biden told CNN in an interview aired on Friday that he "wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me" and noted that Harris knows him and his son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Biden said his record on the issue has been "grossly misrepresented" but added that he accepts responsibility for what went right and what went wrong with the legislation.

Kimpson, who has not endorsed a candidate, said: "It's one thing for people to get up and talk about what they're going to do, but one of the barometers for someone espousing what their plans are is to look at what they've done in their past".

After a rough week on the campaign trail, 2020 White House hopeful Joe Biden fired back at critics of his record on race-related issues during a stop in Sumter Saturday.

The former vice-president, 76, was attacked by other Democratic candidates including Harris and the New Jersey senator Cory Booker, who are African American, after he discussed working with "civility" with two racist Democrats, James Eastland of MS and Herman E Talmadge of Georgia.

"Well guess what? At least there was some civility. That is one of my highest priorities, and we have got to deal with that".

That Biden acknowledged to CNN's Chris Cuomo he wasn't ready for them and didn't counterpunch effectively, Jones said, eroded the former vice president's core message to voters. "I continue to believe we need to make fundamental change". But some Democrats said there was still plenty of time for Biden to recover.

"It was the honor of a lifetime to serve with a man who was a great President, a historic figure, and most important to me - a friend", Biden reportedly added.

"I beat him by just pointing out who I am and who he his, and what we´re for and what he´s against", Biden told CNN.

He said: "I'm flawed and imperfect like everyone else". (He alluded to this earlier, too.) He even invokes his late son, Beau Biden, and the fact that Beau and Harris knew each other when both served as state attorneys general - Beau Biden in DE and Harris in California.

On Saturday, Booker responded to Biden's apology, saying, "First I want to say thank you. And that's a good thing", Biden said. "STILL WAY AHEAD" Talking to reporters after marching in a July 4th parade in the small town of Independence, Biden shrugged off concerns about the polls and said he was happy with his debate performance.

Ian Sams, Harris' national press secretary, tweeted hours before Biden's speech that all candidates' records "will (and should be) scrutinized in this race".

Harris leaped in Democratic polls after she forcefully pressed home during the Democratic debate that then-Sen. Her fundraising for the second quarter came from almost 300,000 donors, and a significant portion of donations came in the 24 hours following the Democratic National Committee's first televised debate on June 27 - during which Harris confronted the former Vice President about his past positions on public school busing. "I think he was very honest in saying he was prepared for some of that, but he wasn't prepared for the more personal and emotional attack that she launched because, frankly, he knows her pretty well and she knows his family pretty well".

Biden's comments came as he and rival presidential candidate Kamala Harris were set to circle each other while campaigning Sunday in SC, the first Southern state to vote in next year's primary and a crucial proving ground for candidates seeking support of black Democrats.

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