Instead of touting Biden's early front-runner status or stressing his "electability", Richmond is playing defense over the candidate's comments about his ability to work with Senate segregationists back in the '70s.
The home states of the senators were correctly identified, but their party affiliation was not. One of them was James Eastland of Mississippi.
Speaking on CNN, Booker responded: "I was raised to speak truth to power and that I shall never apologize for doing that".
"Still to come, Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in New York City".
"We didn't agree on much of anything", Biden said, but added, "at least there was some civility". "He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body".
On Wednesday, Biden called Booker. It was also a political gamble, with Biden extremely popular among Democratic voters and leading the 2020 field.
But no one thinks Biden is a racist or that he ever intends to hurt others' feelings, in contrast to the current occupant of the White House.
Eastland and Talmadge were Southern Democrats who continued to oppose desegregation and push for racial separation well after passage of Civil Rights legislation to tear down Jim Crow laws.
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Booker declared, "Biden's relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone", and called for Biden to issue "an immediate apology". Booker said he was disappointed by Biden's remarks. "You don't joke about calling black men 'boys.' Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity", Booker said. Trump still rails against the threat of socialism, but if Biden comes out on top, the president is ready to embrace his tried and true 2016 playbook: exploiting his rival's record in public life and sowing doubts about his fitness for office.
"As long as he has that kind of universal name-ID and his connections with Barack Obama, you can expect he'll have a substantial base in the Democratic Party, and that of course includes black voters", she said.
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While discussing Eastland, a senator from MS who described black people as inferior and fought against efforts to desegregate the South, Biden said: "He never called me boy, he always called me son". Biden, argued the mayor, has "repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party". "Because they trusted me".
Had Biden not waxed nostalgically about the era of cooperating with racists, the Biden-Eastland anti-busing correspondence nearly surely wouldn't have come to light.
Biden has scheduled a sit-down interview with MSNBC, his campaign has been sending out talking points to surrogates, and some black supporters are eager to hear the former vice president offer a fuller explanation.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, another 2020 candidate, said, "For the vice president to somehow say that what we're seeing in this country today is a function of partisanship or a lack of bipartisanship completely ignores the legacy of slavery and the active suppression of African Americans and communities of color right now". "He considers certain things a resource, that he has worked across the aisle, that's what he was saying". At a fundraiser this week, Biden talked about working with people he disagreed with, and he mentioned two segregationist senators as examples. "(Biden) knows we have to build consensus". "But you just simply make the case, and you beat them". They included House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking African American in Congress.
Yet rather than acknowledging the importance of civility, Biden's opponents in the 2020 primary leapt at the opportunity to demonize their competition.