Joe Biden has had an overwhelmingly promising start to his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He holds a commanding lead in most polls. In the latest Real Clear Politics poll, Biden leads his next closest opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, by over 15%.
That does not mean that Biden’s campaign and his doesn’t have warts. Biden was criticized by on Wednesday for his kind comments towards previous senators who had pushed for racial segregation. The former Vice President pushed back at the condemnation and claimed that critics like Cory Booker owe him an apology.
Biden had discussed his relationship with former Mississippi Senator James Eastland. Eastland was a virulent segregationist who was one the record as describing African Americans as an “inferior race.”
Booker called on Biden to apologize. When asked about the New Jersey Senator’s comments, Biden said, “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body; I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”
Booker was asked for his opinion after the leading candidate essentially doubled down on his Eastland comments.
“The fact that he has said something that an African American man could find very offensive and then to turn around and say, you know, ‘I’m not a racist, you should apologize to me’ . . . is so insulting and so missing the larger point that he should not have to have explained to him,” Booker said. “He knows better. And at a time when Donald Trump never apologizes for anything . . . I know Joe Biden. He’s better than this.”