Democrats defend USA presidential contender Kamala Harris against racist attacks

Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Indiana Pete Buttigieg and Former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden exchange words during a break in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC

Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor of South Bend Indiana Pete Buttigieg and Former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden exchange words during a break in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC

Kamala Harris called out former Vice President Joe Biden during Thursday night's presidential primary debate for his opposition in the '70s to busing, which helped to desegregate schools, Biden pushed back.

Communications director for Harris, Lily Adams, said the campaign has a lot of 'momentum, ' following the debate.

On Sunday, spokesmen for Biden's and Harris's campaigns sparred over the topic via Twitter.

Alexander told the Daily Beast that he attacked Harris because she "stole debate time under the premise that she is an African-American when she is in fact a biracial Indian-Jamaican who is a first generation American". But the narrative is that maybe it's not his time and that he's not up to the task. The average donation was US$30.

Harris interjected during a discussion of race and policing, noting that as the only black candidate on the stage, she should be able to respond. "There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school", she wrote. "That little girl was me". Biden insisted he "never, never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing".

In response, Biden, also a lawyer by training, who is now leading in the polls as the strongest presidential candidate, said Harris mischaracterise his "position across the board". I mean, all that experienced that Biden likes to talk about, it turned out to be a vulnerability for him. "That is not true, number one".

"Everything I have done in my career, I ran because of civil rights and continue to think we have to make fundamental changes", he said.

Kamala's "Blackness" is in question because although she was born in the USA, she was born to an Indian mother and Jamaican father, both immigrants; her marriage to a white man; and her record of incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor.

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WASHINGTON, June 29 ― A wounded Joe Biden scrambled to defend his front runner status yesterday after getting pummeled over his record on race relations at a Democratic election debate, throwing the battle for the party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump wide open.

As for Harris, she could be on the rise after that exchange, but from where her support would draw could have its own implications. Her first-generation story embodies the American dream.

The criticism, fueled by a conservative commentator and amplified by Donald Trump Jr., also revived debate over "birtherism" - a false allegation that dogged President Barack Obama.

She will also need to pass South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who also had a strong - if less explosive - evening.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California went all in on every level Thursday night, taking a Democratic presidential contest that has been relatively well-mannered and turning it electric and confrontational.

'And this is a bad culture where you can't admit mistakes, where you can't speak to your vulnerabilities and your imperfections - we've all had them, ' he continued, adding that Biden was not the right candidate to address race issues in America.

Biden, however, defended Harris on Saturday, saying in a tweet that "racism has no place in America".

"We are better than this (Russia is not) and stand united against this type of vile behaviour", Klobuchar tweeted. "The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly", Warren tweeted shortly after.

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