Joe Biden apologises for remarks about segregationist senators


"The last poll I saw had us 10 points ahead of Donald Trump because the American people understand that Trump is a phony, that Trump is a pathological liar and a racist and he lied to the American people during his campaign", he said.

Summers reported from Hartsville, South Carolina.

In the speech, Biden also addressed his role as a lead author of the 1994 crime bill, noting it had overwhelming support from congressional Democrats and from national black leaders when it passed.

Though he voted to give President George W. Bush military authorization that was eventually used to justify the Iraq War, Biden noted that Obama nonetheless directed him during the first month of the administration to spearhead efforts to get out of Iraq.

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".

Giving a speech in SC over the weekend, Biden acknowledged that his remarks may indeed have been hurtful to some people, according to HuffPost. Several voters said her assertive performance at the debate had convinced them that she could take on the president.

"I don't have to atone", Biden told reporters after darting through an Independence Day parade in Iowa... "I don't think she would be baited into a shouting match", said Lisa Earles, 37, of Clive, who was wearing an "Iowa Stands With Refugees" t-shirt.

Overcoming those hardships was no easy task, but now, the bestselling Becoming author said she and her family "sleep well at night".

In South Carolina alone, the program would raise the average teacher's pay by more than $9,000, according to her campaign. "Those are Biden's guys, his men and women. They don't want to talk much about my time as vice president".

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Asked about Harris's comments, Biden instead pointed to differences he has with her on other issues, such as health care. "Not a single dime in my administration will go to them", he promised.

The Biden campaign hit back by pointing out Harris' hypocrisy in attacking their candidate for something she apparently now endorses herself.

Harris said that in the 1960s and '70s, institutions "were literally working against integration of our schools".

"We can not rewrite history about what segregationists were doing at that time on a number of issues", she added. Kamala Harris drew a large crowd of more than 200 during her town hall in Florence Sunday. "That is one of my highest priorities, and we have got to deal with that".

His reversal, he now says he opposes the amendment, came after rivals and women's rights group blasted him for affirming through campaign aides that he still supported the decades-old budget provision. Joe Biden is a "moderate" like Trotsky was a moderate compared to Lenin. "I will take his judgment of my record, my character, and my ability to handle the job over anyone else's".

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

"The debate changed things for me quite a bit", said Sheldon Ohringer, 62, a West Des Moines Democrat who had been leaning toward Biden but is now considering Harris and several other candidates.

The pressures of the presidency are unique in American politics, and it's almost impossible for candidates, regardless of their party, to amass comparable experience as senator, governor or in other positions. "I mean, that's one of the things that we learned in the campaign".