Harris: 'Deeply' concerned by Biden segregationist comments

Harris: 'Deeply' concerned by Biden segregationist comments
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly said she is "deeply" concerned by comments former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE, her competitor in the 2020 primary, made regarding working with segregationist senators. 

"Yes, it concerns me deeply. If those men had their way, I wouldn't be in the United States Senate and on this elevator right now," Harris said Wednesday, according to tweets from several reporters.

Biden came under fire after he cited his working relationships with two segregationist senators in the 1970s as an example of a bygone era of "civility" in the Senate.

Biden said he didn’t “agree on much” with former Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) but that they “got things done.”

Eastland blocked more than 100 civil rights-related bills during his time as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.

Biden, who is making his third attempt for the White House in 2020, faces a crowded field of younger, more diverse candidates and many who are to his left.

His comments were also condemned by Democratic primary challengers New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioGabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats New York City won't penalize students for skipping school for climate rally MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (Mass.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerMark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (N.J.) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Bennet launches first TV ads in Iowa Trump campaign mocks Democratic debate: 'Another informercial for President Trump' MORE (Md.)

Biden sits at the top of the field in most polls, but his support has dipped since he launched a few months ago.

The Hill has reached out to Harris's office for comment.