Harris on tense debate with Biden: 'That's politics'

Harris on tense debate with Biden: 'That's politics'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Calif.), who is among the finalists on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE's list of possible running mates, recently referred to a tense exchange on the debate stage with Biden over busing last year as "just politics."

The California senator made the remarks during a conversation with former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who is on the Biden campaign's vice presidential selection committee, according to Politico.

“She laughed and said, ‘that’s politics.’ She had no remorse,” Dodd reportedly told an unnamed Biden donor, who relayed the conversation to the outlet.

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The exchange between Biden and Harris took place in June of last year. Harris attacked Biden head-on, slamming his civil rights record, specifically on busing. Harris subsequently saw a rise in the polls. 

“Dodd felt it was a gimmick, that it was cheap,” the donor told Politico. 

The same donor told the outlet that Dodd had expressed reservations about Harris, and has helped support Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Trump campaign on Biden VP pick: 'He's going to tear the party apart' MORE (D-Calif.) during the running mate search. 

The Hill has reached out to Dodd for comment. 

Harris is seen as the favorite in the search for Biden's running mate. The senator would be the first Black woman and Indian American woman to be nominated on a major party’s presidential ticket. 

Biden is also considering former 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) and former President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice. 

The former vice president is expected to name his running mate in the coming weeks.