"I am frustrated that it took so long but I am grateful for him doing this", Booker said.
He used his speech at an event in SC - where black voters made up about 61% of the Democratic primary electorate in 2016 - to respond to criticism he has received from some of his 2020 Democratic opponents on his decades-long record in public office, including his opposition to desegregation busing and his involvement in the 1994 crime bill. He's the bully that I knew my whole life.
"That just isn't an honest assessment of my record, and I'm going to let my record and my character stand for itself and not be distorted or smeared", he added.
"America in 2019 is a very different place than the the 1970s, and that's a good thing", he said. If Biden's decline continues, you can bet that we're gonna see a lot of negative things about Kamala Harris leaked to the media.
"I chose to work within the system to make it better", the former vice president said. But today, you look at the other side and you're the enemy. "I'm not going to box myself in, but should I become it, you know I'll be looking to women first".
In mid-June, Biden recalled his ability to work cooperatively as senator from DE with the two prominent advocates of segregation. The Democratic frontrunner also invoked his former boss, President Barack Obama, in defending his civil rights record.
"Apologize for what?" Biden said at the time.
"Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men whom I successfully opposed time and again?" Yes I was. I regret it. "I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception I may have caused anybody".
His comments came in the wake of Sen.
Harris's announcement comes a week after the first presidential debate, during which she confronted Biden over his comments about his decades-old relationship with segregationist senators and his record on public school busing during the 1970s.
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On Friday, Biden told CNN he was surprised by Harris's attack, but said he wasn't concerned because "the American people think they know me".
In response to a press release that contained snippets of Biden's prepared remarks, Harris' press secretary, Ian Sams, said, "Every candidate's record will (and should) be scrutinized in this race".
Biden also complained that his Democratic rivals have deliberately downplayed his years as vice-president.
Biden's answer is a bit confusing, but he seems to suggest that he wasn't exactly expecting Harris to come after him due to their personal connections.
"We need to extend grace to each other".
The campaign is pointing to sales of a shirt that fundraises on the moment from her exchange with Biden during first Democratic presidential debate. "So, I feel a sense of gratitude and we all should, I think at least, should give him that gratitude and that thanks".
Meanwhile, some Republicans and other critics have called Ocasio-Cortez hypocritical for opposing the border bill, which her critics say was created to address numerous problems that she and other far-left Democrats have been complaining about in recent weeks.
Appearing with Biden on the Democratic debate stage last week, Harris said she did not believe that Biden was a racist, but that it was hurtful "to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country". I will accept responsibility for where it went right. "But I will also accept responsibility for what went wrong".