Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Sunday that although she was happy former Vice President Joe Biden issued an apology for his comments about working in the past with segregationist lawmakers, she mentioned that there is still “plenty of disagreement” between the two 2020 presidential hopefuls, Fox News informed.
“He is right to recognize the impact of his words and I applaud him for doing that having the courage to do it,” Kamala said of Biden before a campaign stop in South Carolina. “There is still plenty of disagreement between he and I, and that remains.”
“But, I applaud him for having the courage, at least as it relates to his comments about segregationists,” Harris added.
Biden on Saturday issued an apology for his comments, and stated that he did not mean to cause anyone any “pain.”
“I regret it and I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody,” Biden said during a campaign event in South Carolina. Biden said he was “wrong” to “give the impression” that he was somehow praising segregationist senators.
Harris and Biden have had strained relations since the California lawmaker went after the former vice president on the debate stage in Miami almost two weeks ago for his earlier remarks about working with segregational senators early in his career. Harris called these comments “hurtful.”
Biden defended himself at the time, saying her remarks about his record were a “mischaracterization of my position across the board,” and that he “did not praise racists.”
“I ran because of civil rights,” Biden said, noting that he worked as a public defender after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. “I continue to believe we need to make fundamental change.”
Harris’ grilling of Biden was not the only breakout moment of the first presidential debates but clearly boosted her campaign as she shot up in the polls following her performance to come within striking distance of the frontrunner, Biden.