Biden Forgets Harris is Black and Senator

Former Vice President Joe Biden during the fifth Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday said that his candidacy is endorsed by the only black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

However, Senator Kamala Harris, another black woman and a nominee for the Democratic presidential nomination, was right next to him, and she hasn’t endorsed him.

“I’m right here!” Harris said just before breaking out in laughter along with the audience and the other candidates.

Biden’s presidential bid has been endorsed by former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Harris became the second black woman elected to the Senate in 2016, a fact that Biden seemingly overlooked on Wednesday as he touted his support from black voters. 

Harris is of mixed ancestry, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and from India.

Harris was quick to point out the oversight on Twitter.

“Proud to be the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. #DemDebate,” the senator tweeted.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro tweeted his policy proposals alongside the fifth Democratic primary debate Wednesday night, even though he failed to qualify.

To qualify for the debate in Atlanta, candidates had to poll at 3 percent or higher in four qualifying state or national polls, according to the Democratic National Committee, or at 5 percent or higher in two polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina. They also had to receive donations from 165,000 donors, with at least 600 donors in at least 20 states.

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