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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) reacted to the controversy surrounding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE's comments about working civilly with segregationist senators by telling reporters to ask former President Barack Obama 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 ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWe must eliminate nuclear weapons, but a 'No First Use' Policy is not the answer Building back a better vice presidency Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor MORE if he shares these concerns."

The Hill reached out to an Obama spokesperson for comment.


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 BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall 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.