After fractious Democratic debate, Perez tries to draw contrast to Trump

After fractious Democratic debate, Perez tries to draw contrast to Trump
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Days after a contentious debate that seemed to draw battle lines between many of the party's 2020 presidential candidates, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE sought to instead draw a contrast between the entire field and President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE.

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceDemocrats urge Biden to resist filibuster, court-packing calls The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court MORE pushed Perez several times on questions about whether exchanges between Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (D-Calif.) regarding busing and other civil rights issues had weakened the former vice president, who is the party's front-runner for the nomination. 
 
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"Voters will have to look at the totality of the vice president's record and every other candidate's record. The good news is the difference between us and this president is night and day on these issues of civil rights," Perez said. "The Party of Lincoln used to be the party of civil rights and the Party of Lincoln is dead. It's the Democratic Party that's fighting to make sure everybody has the opportunity to realize the American dream."
 
Harris hit Biden hard on Thursday over his decades-old opposition to forced busing, once one of the main tools used to desegregate schools. She pointed out she herself had benefited from the program and told Biden his statements earlier this month about working with segregationist senators were personally hurtful to her.
 
Biden said her statements were a distortion of his record.
 
 
Perez on Sunday said all of the Democrats are "so far ahead of where this president is," regardless of the exchange.
 
Wallace pressed him to return to the issue of Biden, and Perez responded, "That will be up to the voters to decide. We have another debate in a month and they're out on the stump. What voters are going to see and the reason I'm excited about what we had last week, is I think voters saw we have a deep bench."
 
Perez continued with the same theme while answering questions about providing health care to those living in the U.S. illegally and the proposal to decriminalize border crossings.

"I welcome the discussion about a coherent policy and I wish the president would stop tweeting and start solving the problem," he said.