The criticism of Biden began last month after he recalled how, as a young senator from DE, he worked on some issues with two Southern Democratic segregationists in the U.S. Senate even though they agreed on little, offering that period as an example of a long-ago time of civility and himself as a consensus-seeker.
"I was really surprised Biden wasn't prepared for some of those attacks".
During a town hall meeting in Charleston, Biden said that dealing with mental health care "is the single most consequential thing that we have got to take care of in America right now". The Montana governor entered the 2020 primary race in mid-May, halfway through quarter. Biden defended his record on racial issues and reminded voters of his ties to former President Barack Obama, whose popularity in SC remains high.
Ian Sams, Harris's national press secretary, responded on Twitter to the early excerpts from Biden's speech, writing that, "every candidate's record will (and should) be scrutinized in this race".
"If any comments I made were taken in a way that people took offense from them, then I am truly sorry for that".
Announcing her plan, Harris said: "By taking these challenges on, we can close that gap".
"Growing up here in SC, that's meaningful to us", she said.
On the subject of busing, Biden told voters: "I don't believe a child should have to get on a bus to attend a good school".
Biden, 76, also leaned on his ties to President Barack Obama.
"He is a presidential nominee, and to say something - and again, it's not about working across the aisle, if anything I've made that a hallmark of my time in the Senate, to get big things done and legislation passed - this is about him invoking a awful power dynamic that he showed a lack of understanding or insensitivity to by invoking this idea that he was called "son" by white segregationists who, yeah, they see in him their son", Booker said.
"He is right to recognize the impact of his words, and I applaud him for doing that and having the courage to do it", she told reporters in SC.
Biden told CNN in an interview that aired Friday that he "wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me", noting that Harris knows him and knew his son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.
At the recent Democratic debate, Ms. Harris said Mr. Biden had actively worked to oppose busing and that at a certain point, "the federal government must step in".
'What I didn't see was people who know me.
Biden also addressed an issue that put him at odds with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2005, when she was a consumer advocate and Harvard Law School professor - a bill that made it harder for individuals to file for bankruptcy and get out of debt.
During an appearance Saturday at Essence Fest in New Orleans, an annual music and cultural conference that is the largest gathering of black women in the country, Harris pledged to fight the segregation that she said lingers today. They don't want a promise of what's to come in the future.
A national Reuters/Ipsos poll also found Biden still ahead, but his support was down 8 percentage points from a similar poll earlier in June. As well as the segregationist senators reminiscence, Biden faced a debate-stage attack from Harris over his opposition to busing in the 1970s.
For Willis, it may just be that Biden's political time has passed. I don't think he's a racist, personally.
Though he voted to give President George W. Bush military authorization that was eventually used to justify the Iraq War, Biden noted that Obama nonetheless directed him during the first month of the administration to spearhead efforts to get out of Iraq.
"If you tear one another down, it brings the whole Democratic Party down", Catanch said.