Biden apologizes for comments defending segregationist senators

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Biden's halting response to a bruising debate attack on racial issues from rival Kamala Harris, a black U.S. senator from California, has some Democrats in Iowa rethinking their support for the former vice president.

"Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again?" the former vice-president told supporters in Sumter, South Carolina.

South Carolina's primary is the first in which a significant proportion of the Democratic electorate - about 60 percent, is black.

"If you look at the issues I've been attacked on, almost every one of them is for something well before 2008", Biden will say, according to prepared remarks.

According to a RealClear Politics average of national polls, Biden now has the support of 26 percent of Democrats, with Harris next at 15 percent.

Harris's comments in Iowa did not go unnoticed by the Biden campaign. Yes I was. I regret it.

Biden also pushed back at critics in the Democratic presidential field who have been picking at his long tenure in the Senate, saying they are ignoring his record as vice president and invoking former President Barack Obama's vetting of him as testament to his civil rights record.

In fact, Harris' total for the quarter nearly matches her first-quarter figure, but her campaign said last week that she had raised $2 million in the first 24 hours after the debate alone, meaning that her fundraising had slowed before her exchange with Biden. "I think people should have to get in line, but if people are coming because they're actually seeking asylum, they should have a chance to make their case". "If we keep doing that - that's, I mean, we should be debating what we do from here".

On the subject of busing, Mr Biden told voters: "I don't believe a child should have to get on a bus to attend a good school".

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"America in 2019 is a very different place than the America of the 1970s".

After former Vice President Joe Biden attacked Medicare for All, decriminalization of border crossings, and other major progressive agenda items during an interview that aired Friday morning, fellow 2020 White House contender Bernie Sanders responded that bold ideas will be necessary to "energize voters" and defeat President Donald Trump.

Harris, who planned appearances Sunday in Florence, Hartsville and Myrtle Beach during her ninth trip to the state, has spent more time in SC than any other state in the early primary landscape.

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"Anway, my time is up", Biden concluded, voluntarily ceding his time to the waiting moderator. They know me well. I hope not. I don't think so.

"You clearly have to call out segregationists and you have to call out racist policies", Klobuchar told an NBC News reporter.

During an appearance Saturday at Essence Fest in New Orleans, an annual music and cultural conference that is the largest gathering of black women in the country, Harris pledged to fight the segregation that she said lingers today. "Because we had so much flight". Moore said his Aunt Loretta, who called him during the debate, was among an early group of black students to integrate a high school named for Strom Thurmond, a segregationist senator. "The debate shook things up, but I think it's temporary". Biden said he wants to triple funding for low-income schools and make preschool accessible from the age of three.

Booker had also taken issue with Biden's use of the word "boy" while talking in the past. "We got it finished".

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