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 TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE.

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Democrats point to Trump rhetoric on immigration in wake of two mass shootings MORE pushed Perez several times on questions about whether exchanges between Joe BidenJoe BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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.