Controversies test appeal of Democrats Biden, Buttigieg to black voters

Only 3 percent of Democratic voters want a president in their 70s, survey finds

Biden countered that it was Booker who should apologize because the senator "should know better" than to question his commitment to civil rights.

Former Vice President Joe Biden came under increasing fire Wednesday and Thursday from his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, after he reiterated his comments about how he had valued working in the Senate with ultra-right segregationists like James Eastland of MS and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, diehard defenders of Jim Crow.

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said President Donald Trump's Iran strategy has worsened diplomatic relations in the Middle East on Thursday, the same day officials said Iran shot down a USA military drone.

And that might have been that.

"He knows better", Biden said Wednesday ahead of a fund-raiser in Maryland.

Now some of Biden's fellow presidential candidates and others in the party are criticizing him for racial insensitivity.

Sebastian Gorka, the former strategist to President Trump, said the Democratic Party is in huge disarray. Sanders, lagging behind Biden in the polls, also smelled blood in the water. Trump still rails against the threat of socialism, but if Biden comes out on top, the president is ready to embrace his tried and true 2016 playbook: exploiting his rival's record in public life and sowing doubts about his fitness for office.

"Our borders are Iran's red line, and we will react strongly against any aggression", Major Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, reportedly said on Iranian state television, according to The Washington Post.

But the letters show a different type of relationship, one in which they were aligned on a legislative issue.

Queen Elizabeth laughs out loud at Mike Tindall at Royal Ascot
Rarely seen without them, the Queen also wore her signature pearl stud earrings and three-tier pearl necklace. The duchess accessorized her outfit with a matching hat, silver clutch and silver heels.

As Booker explained on CNN on Wednesday, Biden's comments resonated with him on a personal level, recalling the "indignity" of "watch (ing) another man call my father "boy" or being called that himself. "We should be kinder and figure that out", Lemon added.

Since he entered the 2020 presidential race, Biden has posted a lead in almost every poll of the Democratic primary, sometimes with very large margins.

In the midst of the controversy, Lemon on-air said he said Biden ought to be given the benefit of the doubt. "It was thoughtful, and it was something that he had unique moral standing on". However, she notes, it is unclear whether Biden would have the same sort of star power as O'Rourke or Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia - or if that even matters in what is expected to be a high-turnout election. In particular, they sought to excuse Biden for saying that Eastland didn't refer to him as "boy" - an insult leveled at black men - but as "son". He added his own short, uncharacteristically sassy retort: "No, you won't".

It was the first hint of what would become a defining moment in Booker's campaign thus far. "Joe Biden shouldn't be president", says Coates. "You don't have to like the people in terms of their views", he said.

"Apologise for what? Cory should apologise".

"As a Black man in America I know the harmful and hurtful usage of the word 'boy.' And how it was used to dehumanize and degrade", Booker said.

Asked about Booker's remarks by reporters, Biden declined to offer an apology and instead demanded one from Booker. "The way Biden usually tells the story, he says Eastland didn't call him "senator, ' he called him "son, ' " the adviser said". For Booker, the appearance marked his second night in a row commanding a 30-minute block on primetime cable news. Anita Dunn, a campaign surrogate for Biden, also didn't correct Hunt or label the former officials as Democrats. But this time, his words could be more than a minor misstep for his campaign.

"I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week's Committee meeting in attempting to bring my antibusing legislation to a vote", Biden wrote on June 30, 1977.

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