Joe Biden: It would be 'great' to have a female vice president
- Author: Delores Daniels Jul 06, 2019,
Jul 06, 2019, 1:32
Biden said he wasn't prepared for "the way she came at me" in an interview with "New Day" on CNN Friday morning.
In an interview with CNN, the former vice president said his decades-old comments on school desegregation were taken out of context and that his position isn't that different from his challengers, including California Senator Kamala Harris.
Since the debate moment, Harris and her campaign have struggled to explain her own position on busing to desegregate schools today.
But Biden also seemed anxious to move beyond busing and other explorations of his lengthy public record, saying it could easily be distorted in the short sound-bites of a presidential debate.
But some Democrats said there was still plenty of time for Biden to recover.
"That's what this election is about".
Talking to reporters after marching in a July 4th parade in the small town of Independence, Biden shrugged off concerns about the polls and said he was happy with his debate performance. "By the way, I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary". In the general election fights, who won? "Mainstream Democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education and healthcare".
He pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez "won a primary" - an apparent reference to her upset win past year against a longtime Democratic incumbent in a very liberal district. "I've asked him and have yet to hear him agree that bussing that was court ordered and mandated in most places and in that era in which I was a bussed was necessary". "Where it's not is way left".
A CNN national poll showed Biden's support dropping 10 points since May.
"It was about just speaking truth and as I've said many times, I have a great deal of respect for Joe Biden...but he and I disagree on that", Harris said. Elizabeth Warren, trailing only Biden and Sen.
Bernie Sanders came in fourth at 12 percent. The former vice president said he would not eliminate private insurance like the Sanders proposal intends, but would offer Medicare as an option for anyone who wants to buy into the system. How long is that going to take?
Biden insisted that the "vast majority of Democrats are where I am on issues", and he called the party "center-left".
The former vice president also said he doesn't believe "in the way" that other Democratic presidential hopefuls are proposing most liberal policies, including tuition-free college with the cancellation of all student loan debt. We have to take it seriously.
"I'd rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody".
Unlike the draft-avoider Trump, who had the nerve on Thursday to urge Americans to join the armed forces (I kid you not), the presidential candidates did not militarize the holiday. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to come "after me the way she came after me" during the first Democratic presidential primary debate.