The day before, Biden held a $2,800 per-person fundraiser at the $34 million New York City penthouse belonging to investment billionaire Jim Chanos, where he assured his most financially comfortable supporters that they are "going to do fine" if he wins. James Eastland of MS and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, two ardent segregationists, as evidence of his ability to work with lawmakers even if he didn't agree with their positions. "At least there was some civility".
"We can't get any of what any one of us want done".
As President Donald Trump heads to Florida on Tuesday to officially declare his reelection bid in 2020, he's trailing multiple top Democratic candidates in the battleground Sunshine State, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
While Talmadge and Eastland, like Biden, were Democrats, they were more aligned with Dixiecrats, the lawmakers from the Deep South who opposed civil rights.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, criticized Biden's remarks. "Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal & that whites were entitled to 'the pursuit of dead n--rs, '" de Blasio wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of his African-American wife and their mixed-race son and daughter. The Biden campaign has not yet responded to NPR's requests for additional comment.
Among voters overall, about 49% said they approve of the job President Trump is doing, compared to about 48% who said they disapprove, presenting a better picture for the president than other recent surveys that have shown him underwater. "I question his racial sensitivity, a whole bunch of things about his character. but we worked together".
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%). "We got it finished", he said. "Well guess what? If we can't reach a consensus in our system, what happens?"
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said "no one deserves to have a billion dollars", during an interview with The New York Times.
Biden's strategy so far is to run against the president and ignore his 23 other Democratic rivals. Still, recently, she said she would vote for him - although that was before his comments about Eastland and Talmadge. It's one thing to talk about working across the political aisle.
"Folks, look, if you start off with the notion there's nothing you can do, well, might you all go home then, man?"
Biden also used his time onstage to take issue with those calling for real change rather than incrementalism.
The Examiner cited past remarks by Biden that remain questionable.