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Biden: 'I'm not going to be as polite' at next debate

Biden: 'I'm not going to be as polite' at next debate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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 HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes 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

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“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 BookerCongressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line 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.