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 BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment 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 Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power 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 Anthony BookerBlack caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' 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.