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Joe Biden Waited 17 Days to Apologize for Segregationist Comments

He said an event in South Carolina on Saturday was “this first opportunity” he had to do it “in a fulsome way.”

By NTK Staff | 07.08.2019 @2:16pm
Joe Biden Waited 17 Days to Apologize for Segregationist Comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden found himself in hot water last month when he praised segregationist senators for their civility, despite differences he may have had with those southern Democrats.

He paid for those comments when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) blasted Biden during the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami the following week. Several polls showed Harris surging and Biden slumping in the days following the debate.

Biden finally, after 17 days, apologized for those comments at an event in Sumter, South Carolina on Saturday. His apology was delivered to an audience of mostly black voters.

Biden said he was “sorry for any of the pain or misconception,” and said he regretted making the comments. Asked why he waited so long to apologize, Biden claimed it was the first opportunity he had:

Saturday was “the first opportunity I had to do it in a fulsome way,” Biden told reporters on Sunday.

“If any comments I made were taken in a way that people took offense from, then I am truly sorry for that. That was not my intention. But if you notice, I went on and talked about all of those sort of attacks,” Biden said. “I’m proud of my past. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do we grow? Yes. But the fact of the matter is, that’s why I chose here in South Carolina, and chose an audience that in fate is — would be the most likely to have been offended by anything that was said.”

Initially, Biden was defiant was asked to apologize for his comments. That first call for an apology came from Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). In response, Biden said Booker should apologize because “he knows better.”

But after taking a tumble in the polls, it appears Biden had a change of heart. Will it help him among Democratic primary voters? Time will tell.

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