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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 BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  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 CuomoChris CuomoMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Clyburn: 'We're teetering on' giving president 'authority to be dictator' The 'Anonymous' saga ended with a dud — a perfect example of the problem of Trump-era media 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 ObamaGOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Obama says he may take coronavirus vaccine on TV to build trust in it 'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement 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 WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' 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.