WATCH: Biden defends his civil rights record after 2020 Democratic debate criticism

Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his civil rights record on Friday, June 28, a day after fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris criticized his past stance on mandatory busing during a presidential debate. “I never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing,” Biden said. During the debate, Biden had said he opposed busing when ordered by the Department of Education. Harris also called out the former vice president for his remarks about working with segregationist senators, calling his words “hurtful.” In a statement on Friday, Biden said that 60 seconds on the debate stage cannot accurately reflect his lifelong record defending civil rights. He then took aim at President Donald Trump and his stance on race, pledging to “be a president who stands against racism.”

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