Bill Barrow and Elana Schor Associated Press Published 6:34 PM EDT Jun 19, 2019 Joe Biden is under fire from rival Democratic presidential hopefuls for saying the Senate “got things done” with “civility” even when the body included segregationists. Speaking at a New York fundraiser Tuesday evening, he pointed to long-dead segregationist senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia to argue that Washington functioned more smoothly a generation ago than under today’s “broken” hyperpartisanship. “We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden said of the two men, who were prominent senators when Biden was elected in 1972. Biden described Talmadge as “one of the meanest guys I ever knew” and said Eastland called him “son,” though not “boy,” a reference to the racist way many whites addressed black men at the time. Yet even in that Senate, Biden said, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.” The comments quickly sparked one of the most intense disputes of the Democratic presidential primary, underscoring the hazards for Biden as he tries to turn his decades of Washington experience into an advantage. Instead, he’s infuriating Democrats who say he’s out of step with the diverse party of… Read full this story
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