Graham on Biden controversy: 'Go ask Barack Obama if he shares these concerns'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE (R-S.C.) reacted to the controversy surrounding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE's comments about working civilly with segregationist senators by telling reporters to ask former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE if he "shares these concerns."

“I find this odd that the media is now discovering something about Joe Biden they didn't know in 2008. Why didn't this come up in 2008 when he was picked to be the vice president?" Graham said. "And do you really believe that Barack Obama believes there's something gone wrong with Joe Biden because he worked with people that were different?"

“Go ask President Obama if he shares these concerns."

The Hill reached out to an Obama spokesperson for comment.

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Biden, the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, made headlines this week after saying at a Tuesday fundraiser that he was able to accomplish things during his time in the Senate in the 1970s while working with segregationist senators, despite their differing views.

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

The former VP drew backlash from several of his fellow 2020 candidates, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.J.), who asked Biden to apologize for his remarks.

Biden dismissed calls to apologize Wednesday. 

“He knows better,” Biden said referencing Booker’s call for an apology. "There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period."

On Thursday, Graham dismissed some of the backlash, saying the idea that Biden is “somehow sympathetic to the views of his opponents because he worked with them is crazy.” 

“It will destroy the country. I can give you a long list of things I disagree with about abortion, guns, you name it, and if I used that as an excuse to not work on immigration the country would be hurt,” Graham said.

The Hill reached out to Biden's campaign for comment.