pcloudy.png
Saturday June 6th, 2020 11:20PM

Biden defends past work on civil rights after Harris attack

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Biden defended his civil rights record on Friday, pledging to be a "president who stands against racism, the forces of intolerance."

The former vice president and Democratic White House hopeful was in Chicago a day after his 2020 rival California Sen. Kamala Harris delivered a blistering attack at their first presidential debate in Miami. She blasted him for recently highlighting his work with segregationist senators and his past opposition to busing.

"I heard, and I listened to, and I respect Sen. Harris," Biden said in an address to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a multicultural organization promoting social justice. "But we all know that 30 seconds to 60 seconds on a campaign debate exchange can't do justice to a lifetime commitment to civil rights."

Biden said he never opposed the busing of students to desegregated schools in the 1970s, arguing it was a state's rights issue. Instead, Biden said Friday that he has for decades understood that it was up to the federal government to impose measures designed to prevent racism on states that were often unwilling.

Friday's address may help Biden shore up his support with African Americans, a key demographic that helped him build an early lead in Democratic primary polls. The crowd applauded parts of his defense of his record.

___

Weissert reported from Washington.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Top immigration official: Border crossings dropping
The acting secretary of Homeland Security said he expected 25% fewer migrants to cross the border this month, as officials in Yuma unveiled their latest outdoor facility meant to detain children and families
3:14PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Ethics panel examining if lawmaker threatened Trump lawyer
The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether a Florida congressman tried intimidating Michael Cohen before the former personal lawyer to the president testified to Congress about Donald Trump
2:57PM ( 24 minutes ago )
'Tough to lose your brothers': Funerals held for bikers
The rumbling of motorcycles echoed through town as dozens of bikes made their way to the service for one of the seven motorcyclists killed in a New Hampshire collision last week
2:55PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Supreme Court to rule on Trump bid to end 'dreamers' program
The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.
2:21PM ( 1 hour ago )
GOP leader says Republicans will return to Oregon Senate
Republicans in the Oregon Senate say they'll end a more than weeklong walkout over climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt
2:20PM ( 1 hour ago )
Late GOP redistricting guru's files hint at partisan motives
A mastermind of GOP redistricting preached keeping electronic records secure, but after his death, his files found their way to the center of major litigation.
2:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Democrats pan Trump's election meddling joke with Putin
President Donald Trump is joking with Russian President Vladimir Putin about interfering in U.S. elections
12:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Putin invites Trump to visit Russia next year
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit next year and he responded positively
12:17PM ( 3 hours ago )
Harris gets personal, delivers civil rights blow to Biden
California Sen. Kamala Harris offers a deeply personal attack on former Vice President Joe Biden
11:53AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Elections
The Latest: Trump tells Bolsonaro he'll visit Brazil
Trump promises Bolsonaro a visit to Brazil
3:00AM ( 12 hours ago )
The Latest: 'Don't meddle' in election, Trump jokes to Putin
Trump jokes to Putin: "Don't meddle in the election," says they'll talk trade and disarmament issues
1:58AM ( 13 hours ago )
Trump jokes to Putin: 'Don't meddle in the election, please'
President Donald Trump is meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin for the first time since the special counsel found extensive evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election
1:55AM ( 13 hours ago )
General Election News
The Latest: 3 senators call out for health care reform
Three of the senators running for president are calling for health care reform without even waiting for questions about it
9:28PM ( 17 hours ago )
The Latest: Hickenlooper: Dems must speak against socialism
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is defending his warnings on the Democratic Party veering toward socialism.
9:22PM ( 18 hours ago )
The Latest: Biden becomes 1st candidate to invoke Trump
Former Vice President Joe Biden became the first to invoke Donald Trump during the second round of the Democratic presidential debate, blasting the Republican president for crediting wealthy Americans for building the nation
9:19PM ( 18 hours ago )
General Presidential Election News
AP Explains: The law criminalizing improper border crossings
A federal law that President Donald Trump used in justifying the separation of migrant parents and children at the border last year is creating waves on the 2020 campaign trail with some Democrats vowing to do away with it completely
3:13AM ( 12 hours ago )
First 2020 campaign debate draws healthy 15 million viewers
The first of a pair of Democratic presidential primary debates drew a robust 15-plus million viewers
6:30PM ( 20 hours ago )
Democrats' use of Spanish in debate evokes praise, eye rolls
Some Democratic presidential hopefuls peppered statements with Spanish during the first televised debate of the 2020 election, evoking praise from some Latino activists and eye rolls from others.
6:24PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Top immigration official: Border crossings dropping
The acting secretary of Homeland Security said he expected 25% fewer migrants to cross the border this month, as officials in Yuma unveiled their latest outdoor facility meant to detain children and families
3:14PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Ethics panel examining if lawmaker threatened Trump lawyer
The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether a Florida congressman tried intimidating Michael Cohen before the former personal lawyer to the president testified to Congress about Donald Trump
2:57PM ( 24 minutes ago )
'Tough to lose your brothers': Funerals held for bikers
The rumbling of motorcycles echoed through town as dozens of bikes made their way to the service for one of the seven motorcyclists killed in a New Hampshire collision last week
2:55PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Inquest slams lack of protection in London Bridge attack
England's chief coroner has criticized the lack of barriers to protect pedestrians on London Bridge at the end of a lengthy inquest into the killing of eight people during an extremist attack two years ago
2:51PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Dominican police arrest 'mastermind' in David Ortiz shooting
Authorities in the Dominican Republic say they have arrested the mastermind behind the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz in a case of mistaken identity
2:50PM ( 31 minutes ago )