Biden apologises over comments about segregationists

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He said Harris' criticism "came out of nowhere" and "didn't seem to be something at all consistent with anything I'd been accused of before". "And yes - I've changed also". 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".

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of NY, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont, and Representative Ilhan Omar (L), Democrat of Minnesota, during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2019.

Biden, speaking with CNN's Chris Cuomo in Des Moines, Iowa, suggested that "Medicare for All" is irrational, argued that the majority of Democrats are "center left" not "way left", and said Rep. Taking the stage after Biden on Friday, she repeated the pledge with glee. Hailing from a wealthy family of conservative activists, she has spent decades advocating for an expansion of charter schools and taxpayer-financed vouchers for private schools. Iowa is a key state for both candidates as they vie for the Democratic nomination.

Appearances such as the one with Jackson, his one-time rival in the 1988 Democratic presidential primary, will signal whether Harris' attack will chip into his support among African Americans.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee noted he's won pay raises for educators in his state. Kamala Harris to confront him on issues of race the way she did.

The comment drew a few boos and otherwise met with silence from an audience that had been boisterous throughout the afternoon forum.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden have also been at odds over Mr. Biden's past positions on busing to desegregate schools.

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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. At a fundraiser in June, Biden also recalled being a member of the Senate in the 1970s with Southern Democrats who opposed civil rights and desegregation, noting that while he disagreed with them, "there was some civility" and "we got things done" - the former vice president's statements were quickly condemned by Harris and New Jersey Sen.

Sanders fired back, using his relatively high poll numbers to refute the criticism that his proposals are too radical to win over American voters and defeat Trump in 2020.

"We can not rewrite history about what segregationists were doing at that time on a number of issues including opposing busing". "What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education, that's what I opposed". And, as a young senator, Biden publicly called busing an "asinine concept".

Asked in Iowa whether she would support federally mandated busing in 2019 to combat de facto segregation that remains in some US school systems, Harris replied, "I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America's schools".

The former vice president says his position has been mischaracterized, and that he supported voluntary busing efforts while opposing federally mandated busing.

"There's time for any candidate to course-correct, ' he said".

"He is a presidential nominee, and to say something - and again, it's not about working across the aisle, if anything I've made that a hallmark of my time in the Senate, to get big things done and legislation passed - this is about him invoking a bad power dynamic that he showed a lack of understanding or insensitivity to by invoking this idea that he was called "son" by white segregationists who, yeah, they see in him their son", Booker said.

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