Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
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Biden Defends Civil Rights Record After Harris Blasted Him Over Segregation, Busing

Biden Defends Civil Rights Record After Harris Blasted Him Over Segregation, Busing

While Biden will no doubt remain the best-known of the field for some time, his exchange with Harris may have created doubts among African-Americans about whether he can fully champion issues in the way Harris showed she can, and whether Biden can really go toe-to-toe against Trump if a first-term senator just owned him.

California lawyer Tom McInerney signed up to be on Mr Biden's national finance team but said he notified the campaign this month that he was withdrawing his support. He still leads all comers, and one debate didn't change that.

Biden went on to deliver a lengthy defense of his civil rights record, reading from a Teleprompter as he sought to limit the damage of Thursday night's debate. He said that vote was not popular with his constituents. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) attack Biden for comments he made about school busing. "That's where the federal government must step in, that's why we have the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act. I will do everything I can to prevent a war with Iran, which would be far worse than the disastrous war with Iraq", Sanders said.

He said he envisioned a society in which everyone realises the "kid in the hoodie might be the next poet laureate and not a gang-banger".

The battle for the Democratic White House nomination was thrown wide open Friday after a star debate performance by former prosecutor Kamala Harris, while President Donald Trump licked his chops over the opposition party's sharp leftward turn.

Mr Biden pushed back against some of Harris' specific criticisms, including her argument that he once opposed bussing, a measure meant to alleviate racial segregation.

"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", Harris said.

Biden opposed the federal government becoming involved in integrating schools. "And you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day, and that little girl was me".

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"That little girl was me", Harris said with emotion swelling in her voice.

Watching from Japan, where he was attending the G20 summit, Trump licked his chops as the 10 Democrats at the Thursday night debate in Miami veered sharply to the left on immigration, health care, taxes and the ever-emotional subject of gun ownership.

Then in January 2017, she took the oath of office as United States senator, making her the first woman of South Asian descent (her mother is a Tamil Indian) and only the second black woman senator in U.S. history, after Carol Moseley Braun.

Biden pushed back against some of Harris' specific criticisms, including her argument that he once opposed busing. "That's what I opposed". "I'm the guy that extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years".

But Mr. Biden opposed other anti-busing measures.

Patricia Ousley, 69, a black retired state employee from the Chicago suburb of South Holland, cheered loudly when Biden told the crowd Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves. He said he supports ending mandatory minimum sentencing, ending private prisons, funding bail reform so that no one is "in jail because they don't have the money to pay their bail", prohibiting juveniles from being placed in adult prisons, requiring treatment rather than prison sentences for drug addiction, eliminating the disparity in criminal penalties between crack and powder cocaine, and decriminalizing marijuana.

"Vice President Biden, I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you, when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground", Harris said, according to CNN. "The status quo of this miserable, ugly politics we have today guarantees we'll continue to do the same". "But ladies and gentlemen, I refuse to accept the status quo".

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