Polls show that more Democratic voters are for more likely to support California Sen. Kamala Harris (24%), Elizabeth Warren (20%) and Bernie Sanders (20%) than former Vice President Joe Biden, who is trailing with just 12 percent among Democrats who identify as liberals.
Biden’s strength among moderate and conservative Democrats might be enough to win him the nomination but there is no guarantee of that.
Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president for 8 years, but he also presided over hearings that put Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and passed legislation that stuffed jails with poor and minority offenders.
As part of his attempt to appeal to moderates, Boden got himself in hot water by boasting about his opposition to desegregation in the 1970s and his famous friendships with such vile racists like Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia.
Biden was trying to compare contemporary Republicans to racist 1970s-era Southern Democrats as evidence of his history of bipartisan compromise.
Biden was at the tail end of a decade of fighting busing, and he was fast and loose about his position as American attitudes began to change.
Biden often told crowds during his ill-fated 1987 presidential bid that he marched with leaders in the civil rights movement nor of having defended Black Panthers. There’s no record of Biden ever having done those things.
A request for substantiation has not been fulfillled by the Biden campaign as of this posting.
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