Biden under fire over comments about working with segregationist senators

22 Juin, 2019, 16:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"Joe Biden's past statements and positions on race issues present a serious challenge to his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination according to our polling", Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement to Reuters.

This is not the first time Richmond has been called on to vouch for a white friend accused of getting too chummy with avowed racists. He then called on Biden to apologize.

Neither Biden nor Booker emerged from this fracas as the better man. Biden so easily could have said, Look, I picked a lousy example, but I was trying to say that I'll work with anybody to get results.

"There would possibly be not a racist bone in my physique; I have been alive to in civil rights my complete occupation".

"Beat him. beat Biden in the debates, you know", she said.

Actually, the controversy has thrown the spotlight on a particularly sordid and reactionary episode in Biden's early career in the Senate. Biden formed a political alliance with Eastland, a diehard, last-ditch defender of white supremacy, to support his legislation.

The members of Congress supported Biden's overall point that Washington politicians must do a better job of working with those they disagree with. His comment at a NY fundraiser this week that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed sparked outrage from many Democrats, including two black candidates who are also seeking the party's nomination - Sens. He rose to become its chairman, presiding over, among other things, the confirmation of Anthony Kennedy in 1998 and Clarence Thomas in 1991.

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First to attack the current Democratic front-runner was Sen.

But Eastland and Talmadge sat on the same side of the aisle as Biden in the Senate; they were Democrats.

In today's Democratic Party, "compromise" and "consensus" are dirty words. But Eastland remained a member in good standing of the Democratic caucus until 1978, Talmadge until 1981. With the exception of ideal age - which respondents marked down as between 51 and 65 - these traits appear to explain, at least partially, the early polling lead enjoyed by Joe Biden.

Most recently, Biden remained defiant after making comments about how he was able to work well with former Sens.

He continued, "Not a joke". "I question (Trump's) racial sensitivity, a whole bunch of things about his character. but we worked together". "We purchased issues executed".

Biden made it clear to his wealthy audience that whatever the Democrats promised to working people, it would not threaten their interests. "But I think the sentiment is something that we all know in the legislative body - that you work with people you don't agree with". "Nothing would fundamentally change".

Following a fundraising event in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden pushed back against US Senators such as Kamala Harris and Cory Booker after they denounced the former VP's comments on segregationist, Democratic Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.


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