Gabbard says Harris should apologize to people who 'suffered under your reign'

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocrats debate in Houston: Who came out on top? Poll: Sanders and Biden now in statistical tie in New Hampshire Krystal Ball: Tulsi should be on the debate stage; Saagar Enjeti: Has the media given Biden a pass? MORE (Hawaii) fiercely attacked Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The crosshairs of extremism  On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (Calif.) over her record as California attorney general during Tuesday's Democratic primary debate, saying Harris must apologize to the people who “suffered under your reign as prosecutor.”

In a tough exchange between the two presidential candidates on Wednesday night in Detroit, Gabbard accused Harris of locking up scores of racial minorities for low-level drug offenses; accused her of hiding evidence that would free an innocent man on death row; and said she kept people imprisoned for longer sentences to use them as cheap prison labor.

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“When you were in a position to impact these people’s lives you did not and worse yet in the case of those on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence that would have freed them, until you were forced to do that, and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor, you owe them an apology,” Gabbard said.

Harris maintained that she oversaw criminal justice reform as attorney general, and she swiped back at Gabbard, saying it’s easy to give speeches condemning someone but that as attorney general, she had to deal with real world problems.

“I did the work of significantly changing the criminal justice system and I’m proud of that work, to not just give fancy speeches or be in a legislative body and give speeches on the floor but actually doing the work,” Harris said.

That exchange came after Harris confronted Biden for opposing a federal busing program decades ago that was aimed at integrating schools.

“When Vice President Biden was in the United States Senate working with segregationists to oppose busing, which was the vehicle by which we would integrate public schools,” Harris said.

“Had those segregationists had their way, I would not be a member of the U.S. Senate, Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro attack shines spotlight on Biden's age CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October Poll: College students say Warren won third Democratic debate MORE would not be a member of the U.S. Senate and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Appeals court allows Trump emoluments case to move forward Warren isn't leading polls, but at debate she looks like front-runner MORE would not have been in a position to nominate him to the title he now holds,” Harris added. “On that issue we could not be more apart. The vice president has still failed to acknowledge it was wrong to take the position he took.”

Biden went after Harris’s record as attorney general, saying that under her watch California had two districts that were more segregated than any in the country and accused her of turning a blind eye to rogue police departments.