Jill Biden responds to criticism of husband's civil rights records

Jill Biden responds to criticism of husband's civil rights records
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Jill Biden defended her husband, 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner 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, against attacks on his record on civil rights issues in a new interview that aired Monday, saying voters know the former vice president's values. 

“The one thing you cannot say about Joe is that he’s a racist,” Biden told CNN’s Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo spars with Kris Kobach over whether Trump's tweet was racist Harris on Biden civil rights record: 'Not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history' Biden talks about son's struggles with mental illness, substance abuse MORE, sitting beside her husband. “He got into politics because of his commitment to civil rights, and then to be elected with 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.” 

Jill Biden also addressed Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) shots at Joe Biden during the first 2020 Democratic debate, when Harris called out his comments on working with senators who advocated for segregation and his opposition to federally mandated busing. Harris also said, however, she didn't believe Joe Biden is racist.

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“As soon as I heard those words, I thought ‘uh, oh, what’s coming next,'” Jill Biden said.

“I think the American people know Joe Biden. They know his values. They know what he stands for, and they didn’t buy it,” Jill Biden continued.

Joe Biden’s polling across the country took a hit in the days after Harris’s standout debate performance, with one poll showing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) and Harris tied with Biden among likely Iowa Democratic caucausgoers. 

Jill Biden said the polls are “coming back up,” and predicted that they will continue to rise for Joe Biden. 

"I think the more people get to know Joe, the higher the polls will get," Jill Biden said.