SC is Sunday focus for sparring Biden, Harris

Leslie Hanson
July 11, 2019

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On Saturday Biden, a former DE senator who has decades-long political relationships in the south, was beginning a swing through SC featuring visits to Sumter, Orangeburg and Charleston.

He pointed to what he called repeated missteps, including Biden's comments on segregationists and the former vice president's recent reversal on the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions.

He said he was more opposed to federal intervention in busing than the practice itself. Biden, 76, asked on Saturday afternoon during a speech in Sumter, South Carolina. The attacks came to a head during the Democratic debate when Kamala Harris criticized Biden to his face for those comments. The shirts include a childhood photo of Harris, who at the debate discussed her childhood experience with the busing integration of elementary schools in Berkeley, California, in 1968.

"I was really surprised Biden wasn't prepared for some of those attacks. Yes, I was", Biden said.

Biden told Orangeburg voters that President Trump is overtly racist and a divisive president who governs as though "any problem that we have is because of those drug-dealing Mexicans".

On Thursday, West Des Moines chair Victor Dutchuk endorsed Harris after hosting her at the annual West Des Moines Democrat picnic.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is celebrating a large surge in her support after taking down Joe Biden a peg in the Democratic debates, but critics are slamming her for flip flopping on the very issue she nailed him on.

Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, still lags behind in fundraising totals when compared alongside other 2020 Democratic contenders. "He's the bully that I knew my whole life".

Harris had a breakout moment in the first Democratic debates last week when she hammered Biden for his recent comments about working with segregationist senators in 1970s and for opposing federally mandated busing in local school systems.

Biden also said that he does not believe in far-left policies other presidential candidates are floating, including canceling all student loan debt and offering tuition-free college.

"She can't build herself exclusively on tearing Joe Biden down", Harpootlian said.

The campaign dynamics have shifted and become more personal since the last time Biden and Harris were in SC. Segregation persists now not necessarily as a function of legislators.

Biden also addressed an issue that put him at odds with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2005, when she was a consumer advocate and Harvard Law School professor - a bill that made it harder for individuals to file for bankruptcy and get out of debt. "The general election is so important and we have to get behind whoever comes out of that primary".

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.

Booker told the audience the next president should have a track record of helping African-Americans. "There is still a point of disagreement between he and I, and that remains ... which is the issue of busing".

But some Democrats said there was still plenty of time for Biden to recover. "But again, that doesn't address the issue of busing in America".

Indeed, the major debate in the Democratic Party is said by the media to be how "moderate" their presidential candidate should be. "We have got to back whoever the nominee is, and I pray to God that's Joe".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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