Biden, Harris campaigns get in Twitter spat over busing remarks

Staffers for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (D) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE’s (D-Calif.) campaigns got in a Twitter feud Wednesday over the 2020 hopefuls’ comments regarding school busing.

Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director for Biden, shared an article from The Associated Press characterizing Harris’s position on school busing as a method of integrating American schools that should be an option, not a mandate from the federal government.

“It's disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden's position on busing — particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him!” Bedingfield said.

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Harris strongly supported federal mandates for school busing during the first 2020 Democratic debate last month in a fiery exchange with Biden, during which she slammed the former vice president for not supporting busing programs like the ones she benefited from as a student.

Ian Sams, Harris’s national press secretary, retweeted Bedingfield’s comment, firing back, “VP Biden said: ‘Who the hell do we think we are that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?’ He called busing an ‘asinine concept.’ C’mon. Y’all are better than this.”

Bedingfield responded, “Hi Ian! If we’re cherry-picking quotes on Twitter, what about this one from this January? Sen. Harris: ‘I think there are many people who would make a good president... I'm very fond of Joe Biden, so you're not gonna hear me criticize Joe Biden. I think he's a great guy.’ ”

Harris’s standout performance in the first debate has tightened up the race with Biden. In two polls released Wednesday, Biden saw his support slip while Harris has overtaken Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.) to rise to third place among the slate of Democratic candidates in the 2020 primary field.