Harris: 'Deeply' concerned by Biden segregationist comments

Harris: 'Deeply' concerned by Biden segregationist comments
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly said she is "deeply" concerned by comments former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate 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 BlasioLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (Mass.), Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (N.J.) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis 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.