Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE on Wednesday pledged not "to be as polite" at the upcoming Democratic debates after being at the center of a tense moment in the first debates when Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE (D-Calif.) went after his record on civil rights.
Speaking at a fundraiser in Detroit, Biden said “I’m not going to be as polite this time,” according to The Detroit News.
“Because this is the same person who asked me to come to California and nominate her in her convention,” he added, referring to Harris.
This week, Biden also exchanged barbs with 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.), who called the former vice president an “architect of mass incarceration" in reference to a 1994 crime bill that Biden helped pass.
“If they want to argue about the past, I can do that,” Biden said at the fundraiser. “I got a past I’m proud of. They got a past that’s not quite so good.”
In the first Democratic primary debates last month, Harris hit Biden over comments about work with segregationist senators as well as his 1970s stance on mandatory busing of black students into majority-white schools. Biden has since apologized for the comments on the segregationist senators.
Biden has long been the front-runner in the crowded Democratic field, but he saw his lead slip in most polling following the first debate. He's among 20 contenders who will take the debate stage later this month.