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Joe Biden Apologizes for his Segregationist Anecdotes

Joe Biden had a stunning start to his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination, emerging early on as a heavy favorite. Since then, the former Vice President has experienced some bumps in the road. One of his major unforced errors was discussing his cordial relationships with segregationist Senators in the 1970’s.

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Biden took immediate heat for the comment, but at first, dug his heels in and attacked those who criticized him. The former Vice President finally did apologize for the comments last night at a rally in South Carolina.

Referencing his words, Biden told the crowd, “Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men whom I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was,” he told the assembled. “I regret it, and I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception maybe I caused anybody.”

The candidate continued by saying, “That just isn’t an honest assessment of my record, and I’m going to let my record and my character stand for itself and not be distorted or smeared. I hope that misstep wouldn’t define 50 years of my record for fighting for civil rights, racial justice in this country.”

This is a positive step for Biden who has been accused by some in his camp as being overly stubborn. His campaign aides had reportedly told Biden that the stories about noted segregationists could be problematic for him.

Biden will move on to the next Democratic debates and will likely discuss his relationship with Barack Obama on the campaign trail.



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