Politics

‘I regret it’: Biden says sorry, walks back comment about working with racist senators

After more than a week of defiance, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has apologized for his earlier comments about working civilly with segregationist lawmakers decades ago.

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“Everything they stood for offended me,” he said to a South Carolina crowd of such racist legislators. “They represented everything that I ran against. I do believe we have work to do, even with those we find repugnant, to make our system of government to work for all of us. I believe then and I believe now, and I know it can be done without compromising on our principles.”

Nevertheless, he went on to recognize that his prior remarks deserved an apology.

“Folks, now was I wrong a few weeks ago to somehow give the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again?” he asked. “Yes, I was. I regret it and I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception I may have caused anybody.”

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