Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

In breakout debate performance, Harris challenges Biden on race

In breakout debate performance, Harris challenges Biden on race

Her suddenly viable candidacy is noteworthy in the era of Donald Trump: as a black American daughter of immigrants, Harris may well be the American dream incarnate, mounting a challenge to a president whom many Democrats denounce as the nation's divider in chief.

Joe Biden strongly defended his civil rights record on Friday, pledging to be a "president who stands against racism" and "the forces of intolerance" and defiantly dismissing any suggestions otherwise.

"I never, never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing", Biden said, adding that he supported federal legislation to "address root causes of segregation in our schools" and that he was always "in favour of using federal authority to overcome state-initiated segregation" - even in bygone days when it wasn't popular. Ed O'Keefe reports.

"On this score, Vice-President Biden and other Democrats have been leading the charge", Perez said.

California attorney Tom McInerney signed up to be on Biden's national finance team but said he notified the campaign this month that he was withdrawing his support.

Biden, the former vice president making his third run for the White House, said Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy and other economic policies were increasing economic inequality in the United States.

"The American people understand that Trump is a phony, that Trump is a pathological liar and a racist and that he lied to the American people during his campaign", said Sanders, who was relegated to the sidelines for much of the night.

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"There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me", Harris said. As Thursday night slowly encroached, she had one kill card in her deck to take him down and she played it hard when the debate commenced by condemning him for being insensitive on race relations over his opposition to school busing in the "70s and for praising two white segregationists as examples in political civility".

"We have momentum", Harris communications director Lily Adams said.

Polling has been scarce post-debate - and might stay that way with lots of people away for the July Fourth holiday. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who fell 1 percentage point. "I think they're looking for strong leadership". The candidates they favor and the issues that concern them might look quite different. 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. The moderators went to Mayor Pete Buttigieg first, on the shooting of a black man in his hometown, then to Congressman Eric Swalwell.

Following the debates, he said, "I think there was a separation in the field".

The common denominator between all candidates was a withering criticism of Trump's actions in his time in office, as well as their rejection of the tax cut package passed by the Republican-dominated Congress in 2017 that primarily benefited the wealthiest segments of the American society and is estimated to carry a loss of $1.5 trillion to U.S. coffers.

But in 2020, he asked, "Who's the likely candidate the progressives get behind?"

"I know I get criticized for saying we can unite the country", Biden said.

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