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PoliticsHarris renews attacks on Biden and busing, calls debate remarks 'revisionist history'

23:50  11 july  2019
23:50  11 july  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated

Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris says busing students should be considered by a school district trying to desegregate its locations, but suggests it should not be federally mandated. She says she thinks of busing as "being in the toolbox" of way to desegregate schools. Harris spoke to reporters after a Democratic Party picnic in West Des Moines, Iowa. Harris says "there are a lot of issues" involved in desegregating America's schools, including changing the way public schools are funded and increasing teacher pay.

Harris renews attacks on Biden and busing, calls debate remarks 'revisionist history'© Mike Segar/Reuters Former Vice President Joe Biden defends his record on race issues against Sen. Kamala Harris as Sen. Bernie Sanders listens during the second night of the first Democratic presidential 2020 election debate in Miami, June 27, 2019.

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday took fresh aim at former Vice President Joe Biden over his remarks on busing in the first Democratic debate, calling his efforts to explain “revisionist history.”

“I’m not going to let us engage on a debate stage for who's going to be the next president of the United States -- I’m not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history,” Harris said in a taping of the popular New York-based syndicated radio program "The Breakfast Club" set to air Friday morning.

Week after debate, Biden and Harris campaigns engage in nasty Twitter feud over school busing

Week after debate, Biden and Harris campaigns engage in nasty Twitter feud over school busing High-level campaign staffers for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris engaged in a fiery exchange on Twitter on Wednesday over the candidates' positions on school busing.

“I can't stand on that stage and allow certain conversations to be taking place,” Harris told the radio hosts.

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Harris and Biden have been trading barbs for two weeks, following the heated moment during the debate. Their dispute has continued to be personal with Harris making up t-shirts using a photo of her as a young girl in California who was bused and Biden invoking the name of his deceased son Beau, who knew Harris when both served as state attorneys general.

"I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came out," Biden said during an interview aired on CNN's "New Day" program. "She knew Beau and knows me."

'I don't have to atone': Biden dismisses busing controversy

'I don't have to atone': Biden dismisses busing controversy Describing himself as an “overwhelming supporter of civil rights and civil liberties,” he said, “My record stands for itself.” “I don’t have to atone,” Biden told reporters after darting through an Independence Day parade in Iowa. Biden’s remarks come a week after Harris criticized him in a presidential debate for his past opposition to busing and former associations with segregationist senators. Harris surged in public opinion polls following the debate, while Biden fell back.

Shortly after that part of the CNN interview was aired, Harris communications director Lily Adams also went on CNN, saying she didn't think it was a personal attack and that presidential debates should include active discussions on candidates' past actions as well as visions for the future.

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"She started off her comments in the debate by saying and affirming that she doesn't believe that the vice president is racist and she's always had respect for the vice president," Adams said. "I can't speak to why he was or wasn't prepared. That's for him and his team to decide and explain. What she was pointing out was a very real disagreement on the record. These are on decisions and actions that he made. This is what a presidential debate is. It's to decide who has the record, who has the ideas, who has the vision to lead the party against this -- against Donald Trump."

The full interview with “The Breakfast Club” will air Friday at 7 a.m. in which Harris discusses her relationship with Beau Biden, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Gabbard hits Harris for 'false accusation' that Biden is racist.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said fellow 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris's (D-Calif.) attack on former Vice President Joe Biden's voting record on busing amounted to a "false accusation" that Biden is "a racist." Gabbard's comments come as questions have been raised over whether Harris's position on federally mandated busing is different from that of Biden, whom Harris called out in the first round of primary debates. "But let's get real.

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