Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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Kamala Harris secures two democratic chair endorsements in Iowa

Kamala Harris secures two democratic chair endorsements in Iowa

"It is important who can take on Donald Trump and win", Garcia said, "because it is absolutely our goal to get a new president".

In challenging former vice president Joe Biden on segregation and busing during the debate, the senator from California identified herself more clearly with the liberal activist wing of the party, a move that has boosted her in the primary polling but could carry risks with centrist voters.

He pointed to what he called repeated missteps, including Biden's comments on segregationists and the former vice president's recent reversal on the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. Biden asked the Sumter audience during the first day of a weekend visit to SC.

Some of Harris' second quarter fundraising success comes after her performance in the first Democratic debate.

She criticised Mr Biden for recently highlighting his decades-old work with segregationist senators and his opposition to bussing students to school during the 1970s. "But I'm grateful", he told reporters on Saturday.

"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 bad 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. "Yes, I was." Biden told a mostly black audience at a community in Sumter, South Carolina.

Biden also is highlighting his eight years as Obama's vice president, from 2009 to 2017.

Michelle Obama sat down with for a conversation with Gayle King at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where the former first lady made it clear that she wouldn't wade into endorsing a 2020 presidential candidate.

Biden continued to argue that his positions on race and bussing really "aren't any different" from Harris'.


During the exchange, the California Democrat called out Biden for his past opposition to using busing to integrate DE schools.

The campaign dynamics have shifted and become more personal since the last time Biden and Harris were in SC.

"We can not rewrite history about what segregationists were doing at that time on a number of issues including opposing busing". "They don't want to talk much about my time as vice president".

The state senator Dick Harpootlian, backing Biden, said he had heard from some voters that they felt Harris's debate attack was "disrespectful". Segregation persists now not necessarily as a function of legislators. Warren's campaign, which tracks the questions she gets at public events, said she's seeing steady interest from voters on foreign policy.

Ahead of his SC stops, Biden's campaign said he planned to say his lengthy public service career "will be weaponized against him by opposition researchers", would pledge to "take on those attacks directly" and would not allow his record "to be distorted and mischaracterized". "But I think she's going to be giving Iowa its due".

"The point I'm making is you don't have to agree".

For Willis, it may just be that Biden's political time has passed.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. But Catanch, 73, said she wasn't concerned about any critique of Biden's past stances, including on busing, and instead admired what she characterized as Biden's commitment to stay above the fray. "I was vetted by he and 10 serious lawyers he appointed to go back and look at every single thing in my background. and he selected me".

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