Harris on Biden: 'Anyone who is a leader' cannot be 'ignorant' on race

Harris on Biden: 'Anyone who is a leader' cannot be 'ignorant' on race
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday expanded on her criticism of fellow 2020 White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE’s remarks reminiscing about his working relationship with segregationist former colleagues.

“We cannot be ignorant of the history of race in this country and certainly anyone who is a leader should not be,” Harris said on CBS's "Face the Nation," referring to the former vice president noting that former Sen. James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) had called him “son” rather than “boy.”

 

 

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Harris made clear that she did not take issue with Biden discussing compromise with figures like Eastland and Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.)

“I applaud any effort to work across party lines around common goals and common interests,” Harris said. “Praising and coddling individuals who made it their life’s work and built their reputations off of segregation of the races, that’s a problem.”

“I would not be member of the United States Senate if those men he praised had their way,” she added.

Biden’s comments at a fundraiser last week prompted harsh criticism from several of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in a primary whose fire has thus far been aimed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.) have also called for Biden to apologize.

“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished,” Biden said of Eastland and Talmadge at the fundraiser.

Biden told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Saturday in South Carolina that he understands "the consequence of the word 'boy.'" 

"But it wasn't said in any of that context at all," he added.