Biden: 'Apologize for What?'

He says he 'detested' segregationist senators
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2019 5:18 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2019 6:43 AM CDT
Biden: 'Apologize for What?'
Joe Biden speaks to local residents at Clinton Community College, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Clinton, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden is sticking to his guns amid heavy criticism for his remarks about working with Southern segregationist senators. Asked Wednesday if he was planning to apologize for his comments on the "civility" involved in working with the racist Democratic senators in the '70s and '80s, Biden said "Apologize for what?" "There’s not a racist bone in my body," he said, per the Hill. "I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period." Biden, speaking outside a fundraiser in Maryland, said Sen. Cory Booker, one of the Democratic rivals saying he should apologize for his remarks about Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, is the one who should apologize to him, reports NBC.

At the fundraiser, Biden stressed that he and Ted Kennedy had "detested" what the Southern senators stood for, but they achieved their goal of extending the Voting Rights Act, Politico reports. "We had to put up with the likes of ... Jim Eastland and Hermy Talmadge and all those segregationists and all of that," he said. "And the fact of the matter is that we were able to do it because we were able to win—we were able to beat them on everything they stood for." Booker told CNN Wednesday night that he was surprised by Biden's failure to apologize. "For someone to show the lack of understanding or sensitivity to even know when they've made a mistake and to fall into that kind of defensive posture—that I should apologize to him is really problematic," he said. (More Joe Biden stories.)

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