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Biden skeptics as rivals slam remarks about segregation ists: ‘Apologize for what?’

in the vicinityVideoJoe Biden suggests Cory Booker owes him an apology

Joe Biden speaks after a fundraising event in Bethesda, Maryland.

A day in perhaps the greatest controversy Joe Biden’s face as he declared his candidacy for the White house two months ago, it seems that the frontrunner in the race for the democratic nomination is sticking to his guns.

After a firestorm over comments earlier this week, highlighting its ability to Biden decades ago to work with two of the racial segregation southern senators to do “the things”-campaign is defending the comments, while the candidates themselves rebuffs calls for his apology and fired back at his critics.

BIDEN SAYS BOOKER SHOULD APOLOGIZE

“Apologize for what?” Biden told reporters Wednesday night, said when asked about the criticism over his remarks. “Not a racist bone in my body. I have rights to my part in citizens whole career. Period of time. Period of time. Period.”

While none of his critics – set including some of his top rivals for the nomination, Biden for decades and they are long efforts to battle racism and the strengthening of citizens ‘ rights, questioning whether the 76-year-old candidate is in line with the Democratic party of 2019. And the big question on the minds of many – it is unforced errors put a dent in Biden’s aura of electability, which is an important factor in its present state is far ahead of the rest of the historically large field of around two dozen Democratic White house hopefuls.

“I understand and respect that the [former] Vice-President, is trying to relate to a period of civility, if not with someone – even a staunch racial segregation,” said the former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager in the 2000 elections to draw the first black person, a major political party presidential campaign.

“But I think that the comments were quite offensive,” Brazile, Fox News contributor, told Fox News Radio.

Biden brought the names of Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, while he was at a fundraiser on Tuesday in New York City. Eastland and Talmadge, two senior members in the Senate when Biden came into the chamber, in 1973, were strongly opposed to desegregation efforts.

“I was in a group with James O. Eastland,” the 76-year-old Biden, as he imitates briefly, the late senator’s southern accent. “He has never had a boy call me. He always called me my son.”

And he called long-deceased Talmadge “one of the meanest guys I ever knew.”

But to discuss the “civility” in the Senate in the 1970s, according to pool reports, Biden said: “what do you think? At least there was some courtesy. We have done things. We have not agreed on much of anything. We have done things. We have it done. But today, you look to the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, not the enemy. We don’t talk to each other more.”

The comments were part of Biden’s repeated warnings against Democrats, not, my, it is worth trying to find compromises with the Republicans on the numerous disputes have led to state of Washington to a halt. Biden, mocked the message of bipartisanship, of some of his rivals for the democratic nomination.

Biden’s comments came under attack on Wednesday by a number of its 2020 rivals, including Sens. Cory Booker from New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, the black – and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who is married to an African-American woman and has an interracial family.

Harris said on Wednesday that “if these men (Eastland and Talmadge) had their way, I would not be’ in the Senate of the United States…now.”

And on Thursday, she told Fox News that Biden informed the comments “inappropriate and, frankly, wrong.” She said she could talk to Biden about it.

Booker stressed that he was “disappointed” Biden had to the question of “immediate apology.”

“Vice President Biden’s relations with pride segregation is not the model for you, as we America is said to be a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for all,” Booker. “No joke, about calling black men ‘boys.’ Men like James O. Eastland used words such as the, the, and the racist policy that accompanies it, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our humanity.”

Hours later, Biden the fire replied,“ says Cory should apologize. He knows it better.”

And he defended his Senate record, as he was on target Eastlands took fanatical views on racial separation.

“I wouldn’t have Jim Eastland agreed, he was one of racial segregation. I ran for the Senate of the United States, because I do not agree with the views of the segregation ists in the Senate at the time. … As I, the leadership of the judiciary Committee, I was able to pass and the Voting Rights Act, while I was a young senator when he was the Chairman, and he voted against it, and we beat him in the Voting Rights Act,” he said.

He referred to the late sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, “he is the guy that has me on the right Committee … and we had Talmadge to put up with people like Jim Eastland and Hermy and all, the segregation ists and all that. And the fact of the matter is that we were able to do it, because we could win-we were able to beat you on everything you stood for.”

S Biden ‘ answer not good with Booker.

“I was surprised that he apologize to,” Booker said during a live interview on CNN on Wednesday evening.

“Vice President Biden do not need, you should take this lesson, and at a time when we discord from the highest office in the land, racial hatred and bigotry spewing out, he should know the sensitivity that this is a time that I need to be an ally, I need to be a healer, I need not engage in the use of words that harm people. And Yes, this is deeply disappointing,” Booker emphasizes.

But Symone Sanders, one of the most prominent black a senior Advisor to the Biden campaign, pushed back on the criticism is aimed at your boss.

“I’m all for VALID CRITICISM, but suggesting that Joe Biden – the man who literally ran for office against an incumbent with 29 due to the civil rights movement, the man who is at the forefront of equality in the marriage, before it is politically popular, the man who served as President Obama’s VP, the man who literally launched his 2020 campaign call Nazi in Charlottesville, Trumpf, equivalence, he suggests an active, praised one of the racial separation is just to take a bath, and a deliberately dishonest act,”Sanders wrote on Twitter.

That is to say, on Biden before the questions, why he chose to his collaboration with two self-confessed segregation ists – especially on the eve of Juneteenth, a us holiday that commemorates the 19th century. June, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and in the further emancipation of those held in slavery, while the Confederacy.

“I would have preferred it, vice president of you use other examples to work with people like Senator John McCain. There are so many people that you could call,” Brazile argues, as you noted Biden’s decades-long bipartisan efforts, first as senator and later as vice president.

The controversy comes just a week before the first round of the Democratic presidential primary debates, where Biden face off on the same stage at the same time, with many of his nomination rivals.

While critical, would Brazile not to write off Biden due to this current controversy.

“Joe Biden is a well-known, not only within the Democratic party, but the country. While this error could cost him some support, I still believe, the Vice-President has a strong record on civil rights,” she said.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy contributed to this report.

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