Biden: I Was "Wrong" To Give "Impression" I Praised Segregationists


During a campaign speech Saturday in South Carolina, former Vice President Joe Biden made another attempt to clarify his position on racial issues following a dust-up over desegregation school busing between Biden and fellow presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris at the first Democratic debate on June 27.

"Should that misstep define 30 years of my record of fighting for civil rights and racial justice in this country? I hope not. I don't think so," Biden said. "That just isn't an honest assessment of my record."

Biden said he was "sorry for any of the pain or misconception" his comments about working with segregationist senators in the 1970s had caused but stopped short of retracting his comments.

"I chose to work within the system to make it better," he continued. "Was I wrong to do that? I don’t think so. I do believe we have work to do, even with those who we find repugnant."

"Was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was," Biden said. "I regret it. And I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody."

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