Biden boasts of working with segregationists

WASHINGTON DC- JUNE 17 Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People's Campaign

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That may have been the impression left Tuesday night as there didn't seem to be any middle ground between those two choices after the former vice president fondly recalled two racist former U.S. Senators during a speech in New York City.

Biden pointed out that his ability to work with segregationists like former Mississippi Sen.

"Instead, he highlighted his ability to work with two segregationists - James Eastland of MS and Herman Talmadge". Herman Talmadge, another Democrat, whom he called "one of the meanest guys I ever knew", before praising a bygone era of comity. "He never called me 'boy, ' he always called me 'son, '" said Biden at a New York City fund-raiser, where he slipped, "briefly into a Southern accent", The New York Times reported. Catsimatidis told Biden he was set on Trump and, on Tuesday, tweeted that he and his family-major figures in New York Republican circles-were all in for the president.

"Well, guess what? At least there was some civility", Biden said, also pointing to a working relationship he forged with Georgia Sen. "Period", Biden said, "So that's the number thing that we can can agree on". "The fact of the matter is, if we can't get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive branch". "If he gets elected president, we don't have 60 votes in the Senate" to overcome filibusters, Richmond noted. He sometimes notes he will "get in trouble" before making his standard pitch that the "other side" is "the opposition" but not "the enemy". "We don't talk to each other anymore", the report continued.

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"You don't joke about calling black men 'boys, '" he said.

Biden's support is strongest among moderate and conservative Democratic voters, 51%, who said they'll support the former VP in the primary, and those older than 50 (52%).

"And frankly, I'm disappointed that he hasn't issued an immediate apology for the pain his words are dredging up for many Americans".

Biden continued to attend fundraisers in NY on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Emily Ngo, though it was unclear if he courted any additional deep-pocketed Trump backers.

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A poll released earlier this month and conducted by the Black Economic Alliance found that African American voters were most "enthusiastic" about Biden's candidacy compared to the other Democratic White House hopefuls.

Biden's campaign did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment.

"It's past time for apologies or evolution from Joe Biden", Mr de Blasio added.

Cedric Richmond, Biden's campaign co-chairman and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, pushed back, saying Biden's opponents are deliberately ignoring the full context of his argument for a more functional government. "He repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party".

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