Gabbard calls Harris confrontation with Biden 'a political ploy' to get attention

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE (D-Hawaii) went after Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Harris takes fresh start to 2022 We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified MORE (D-Calif.) for her remarks on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE at the first round of Democratic debates last month.

Gabbard called Harris’s viral moment, in which she called out Biden for his previous stance on busing and comments about working with segregationists in Congress, "a political ploy" to smear Biden and boost the California Senator's standing in the crowded Democratic primary field.

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"Really, what she's saying is her position is the same one she was criticizing Joe Biden for," Gabbard said Monday on CBS News. "So this is just a political ploy  and I think a very underhanded one, just to try to get herself attention, to move herself up in the polls."

"I think that we need to be above that," Gabbard added. "All of us."

Gabbard also said Harris has been "levying this accusation that Joe Biden is a racist — when he's clearly not — as a way to try to smear him."

Ian Sams, a spokesman for Harris, pointed out Gabbard's accusation is in direct opposition to what Harris said about Biden at the debate. 

"She literally said in the debate: 'I do not believe you are a racist,'" Sams told The Hill Monday regarding Gabbard’s previous attack. 

The California senator did specifically say that she didn’t believe Biden was a racist before pointing out his previous stance on the issue.

Harris stood out on the second night of the debates in Miami late last month when she called out Biden for opposing federally mandated busing to desegregate public schools in the 1970s.

Harris noted that Biden’s opposition was deeply personal to her because she was bused to school as a child.

The Hill has reached out to the Biden and Harris campaigns for comment.