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Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

By AFP

Friday June 28, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign  

Frontrunner Joe Biden faced repeated criticism on multiple fronts Thursday from his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential nomination, including calls to leave the battle to oust Donald Trump to a younger generation.


In a sometimes scrappy showdown of the Democratic heavyweights, Senator Kamala Harris landed several blows on Biden in the second of two nationally televised debates, putting the former vice president on the defensive as he argued that he is best-positioned to take on the Republican president.


Biden blasted Trump for his "horrible" policies that have exacerbated income inequality, while his chief rival for the nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, took it directly to the "phony" president, calling him "a pathological liar and a racist."


But 76-year-old Biden also found himself on the receiving end of a pointed attack from a lower-tier candidate half his age.


Congressman Eric Swalwell, 38, called on him to "pass the torch" to a new generation better equipped to tackle climate change, expand health care coverage and reduce gun violence.
"I'm still holding on to that torch," Biden snapped back.


Several rivals were clearly seeking to wrench it from his grip, including Harris, the only black woman in the race, who made a stirring call for Biden to recognize his recent "hurtful" comments about being civil with avowedly segregationist US senators.


Biden, with the room dead quiet, insisted he does not "praise racists," and denied he opposed initiatives in the 1970s to bus children from predominantly black communities to better schools in more prosperous neighborhoods.


"There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day," Harris said, in one of the evening's most potent moments.


"That little girl was me."


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  • Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

    By AFP

    Friday June 28, 2019

    Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign  

    Frontrunner Joe Biden faced repeated criticism on multiple fronts Thursday from his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential nomination, including calls to leave the battle to oust Donald Trump to a younger generation.


    In a sometimes scrappy showdown of the Democratic heavyweights, Senator Kamala Harris landed several blows on Biden in the second of two nationally televised debates, putting the former vice president on the defensive as he argued that he is best-positioned to take on the Republican president.


    Biden blasted Trump for his "horrible" policies that have exacerbated income inequality, while his chief rival for the nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, took it directly to the "phony" president, calling him "a pathological liar and a racist."


    But 76-year-old Biden also found himself on the receiving end of a pointed attack from a lower-tier candidate half his age.


    Congressman Eric Swalwell, 38, called on him to "pass the torch" to a new generation better equipped to tackle climate change, expand health care coverage and reduce gun violence.
    "I'm still holding on to that torch," Biden snapped back.


    Several rivals were clearly seeking to wrench it from his grip, including Harris, the only black woman in the race, who made a stirring call for Biden to recognize his recent "hurtful" comments about being civil with avowedly segregationist US senators.


    Biden, with the room dead quiet, insisted he does not "praise racists," and denied he opposed initiatives in the 1970s to bus children from predominantly black communities to better schools in more prosperous neighborhoods.


    "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day," Harris said, in one of the evening's most potent moments.


    "That little girl was me."


    - 'We are hurting' -


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    By AFP

    Friday June 28, 2019

    Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign  

    Frontrunner Joe Biden faced repeated criticism on multiple fronts Thursday from his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential nomination, including calls to leave the battle to oust Donald Trump to a younger generation.


    In a sometimes scrappy showdown of the Democratic heavyweights, Senator Kamala Harris landed several blows on Biden in the second of two nationally televised debates, putting the former vice president on the defensive as he argued that he is best-positioned to take on the Republican president.


    Biden blasted Trump for his "horrible" policies that have exacerbated income inequality, while his chief rival for the nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, took it directly to the "phony" president, calling him "a pathological liar and a racist."


    But 76-year-old Biden also found himself on the receiving end of a pointed attack from a lower-tier candidate half his age.


    Congressman Eric Swalwell, 38, called on him to "pass the torch" to a new generation better equipped to tackle climate change, expand health care coverage and reduce gun violence.
    "I'm still holding on to that torch," Biden snapped back.


    Several rivals were clearly seeking to wrench it from his grip, including Harris, the only black woman in the race, who made a stirring call for Biden to recognize his recent "hurtful" comments about being civil with avowedly segregationist US senators.


    Biden, with the room dead quiet, insisted he does not "praise racists," and denied he opposed initiatives in the 1970s to bus children from predominantly black communities to better schools in more prosperous neighborhoods.


    "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day," Harris said, in one of the evening's most potent moments.


    "That little girl was me."


    - 'We are hurting' -


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