Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Biden: Kamala Harris took my position on school busing 'out of context'

Biden: Kamala Harris took my position on school busing 'out of context'

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.

In the debate last Thursday, Harris confronted Biden over his relationship with segregationists during his time in the Senate, and his opposition to federally-imposed busing in the 1970s.

Biden claimed that while there were a few progressive Democrats, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), with mass appeal who seem to have ushered in a new era of Democratic socialism, the midterm elections were mostly won by moderate Democrats in swing states.

Biden is considered a moderate at a time in which some in the party, including presidential hopefuls Sens.

"You walk behind me in a debate, come here man", the former vice president told Cuomo, with his fists bunched up, in an apparent reference to Trump lurking behind his then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in one of the televised 2016 debates.

"I had been wavering on Biden, but the debate took him off my list", said Karen Wiesemann, 74, of West Des Moines, who now, too, is taking a fresh look at Harris and some others. 'He's the bully that I knew my whole life. "He's the bully that I've always stood up to", he said. You walk behind me in the debate.

Biden also said debates should be about what candidates would do in the future, not about their past.

Biden faulted Trump on policy throughout the interview, including his handling of China - "while he's tweeting, China's going to own the 5G market"- and North Korea.

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"We're not dealing with China's problem for us".

"I was impressed by her debate performance, she certainly could stand up to Trump - she's forceful, but she stays calm". That's for him and his team to decide and to explain. Biden will have to improve his performance to stay in the race, she said.

On Wednesday, Harris, who just a few days ago said "there's no question that the federal government has a role and a responsibility to step up", implied a watered down position on busing that is closer to that of Biden's, saying that busing students should not be a federal mandate, but should be a "tool" in the "toolbox" of school districts looking to desegregate their populations.

Biden added that he is frustrated the debate was so focused on decades-old policy, not what each candidate wants to do going forward.

"I'm still way ahead", he said. I prosecuted the pharmaceutical companies when they preyed on seniors.

Meanwhile, Democrats have said Biden could better his chances of defeating President Donald Trump, should he win the nomination, by picking a woman as his running mate.

"The fact that we are seeing momentum grow across the country is something I'm very proud of", she said.

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