June 28, 2019

Kamala Harris Stakes Claim as Top 2020 Contender in Clash With Biden
(Bloomberg) -- Kamala Harris staked her claim to top-tier status in the Democratic primary with a searing indictment of Joe Biden on race, putting the front-runner on defense and puncturing the aura of inevitability that he had carefully sought to cultivate.The deeply personal confrontation at a Democratic debate on Thursday pitted the 54-year-old daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants against a 76-year-old white man for fondly recalling his civil relationships with segregationist senators in the 1970s and 1980s. Both are aggressively courting the black community, a vital constituency that has decided the last five Democratic presidential nominees in every contested primary since 1992.For Harris, the exchange was her boldest gambit yet in making her personal identity and experiences a calling card — not Democratic socialism like Bernie Sanders, not policy papers like Elizabeth Warren, not optimism like Beto O’Rourke or Pete Buttigieg. Harris has struggled to catch fire, most notably with black voters, in part due to a lack of a clearly defined message as she sought to straddle the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic Party. She attempted to change all that with the exchange with Biden.It is not yet clear if Harris can capitalize on this moment, or if she might succeed in dislodging Biden from his front-runner’s perch, only to see another candidate -- such as Warren -- slide into that position.Until now, Biden has dominated the crowded field with African American voters in early polls, boosted by universal name recognition, strong relationships with black leaders and eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president. That support has arguably been Biden’s biggest asset in the race, and Harris challenged it in the strongest terms of any Democrat so far in the contest, and on the largest stage.“I do not believe you are a racist,” she told him. “It’s personal, and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two U.S. senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”Biden said Harris’ remark was a “mischaracterization” of his position, and that he “did not praise racists.” And in defending his past positions on busing, Biden went after Harris’ background as a prosecutor, something she has been criticized for in recent months.“I was a public defender,” Biden said. “I didn’t become a prosecutor. I came out and I left a good law firm to become a public defender when in fact my city was in flames because of the assassination of Dr. King.”The split-screen image of a black woman and an old-school Democrat was a reminder of how much the party has changed since Biden became a senator in 1973. A party once powered by white working-class Americans is increasingly made up of black and Latino voters, as well as young people and women. Biden may have an early lead, but the exchange with Harris revealed his growing demographic distance from the party.The generational divide was also raised by another one of the younger candidates, California Representative Eric Swalwell, 38, who used Biden’s own words to suggest that it was time for the vice president to step aside."Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago. He is still right today," Swalwell said.Biden brushed it off. "I’m still holding on to that torch," he said.Overall, the night did more to scramble than clarify the presidential race. Far from narrowing it to a two- or three-person contest, the two debates on Wednesday and Thursday revealed that five candidates still have a legitimate claim to being in the top tier — Biden, Harris, Sanders, Buttigieg as well as Warren, the only one of the five who debated on the first night. And even some of the lower-polling contenders like Swalwell and Michael Bennet showed a fighting spirit by taking shots at front-runners, an indication that they’re not ready to go quietly.Adrienne Elrod, an aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, said that the former vice president’s ties to the black community will not fade easily, despite Harris’s attack.“His support runs deep,” Elrod said.Biden’s pitch has included nostalgia for a time when Washington was less polarized between the two major parties, and on Thursday he pledged to “restore the backbone of America.”Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond, a Biden supporter who is former chairman of the black caucus, said the former vice president “listened to Kamala Harris’s pain” in what he called an important exchange.He said the Biden’s record from the 1970s didn’t deter Obama from selecting him. “All of this was out there when the first African American president decided to pick Joe Biden as his running mate. And he had the vice president’s back every day of the week,” Richmond said.Harris, interviewed on Friday morning on MSNBC, was asked if she believed Biden was racially insensitive in a way that makes him unfit to be president.“I wouldn’t say that,” she said. “I just think he and I have a difference of opinion and also a difference of opinion on state’s rights.”Harris said in that interview she believes that the federal government sometimes needs to act when states don’t ensure civil rights protections, as in the case of busing or voting rights. “We have certain values that are national standards and we’re not going to let states compromise that,” she said.Sanders, who is runner-up in most polls but has slipped since his announcement, was the target of attacks from centrist contenders like John Hickenlooper and Bennet for his “Medicare for all” plan, which would largely end private insurance. The self-described democratic socialist held firm to his message of making health care a human right and expanding the safety net, but he repeatedly found himself on the defensive for the disruptive nature of his plans.The topic of race and policing began with a question for Buttigieg, who took time off the campaign trail after a white police officer killed a black man in South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg admitted he had failed to diversify the police force, which is overwhelmingly white.Buttigieg drew praise from some Democratic operatives for admitting his failure in the aftermath of the shooting, but also for talking about issues in a way that weaved his personal background with policy proposals.But it was Harris who had the defining moment.Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative who endorsed Harris for president, said the California senator’s face-off with Biden was the “moment the campaign needed and wanted.”“One thing you can tell from that moment is she’s running to be president not anyone’s vice president,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is going to be a race. This is not a coronation of Joe Biden period. You can cancel the decorations for now. We’ve still got a primary to run.”(Updates with Harris interview from 19th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jennifer Epstein.To contact the reporters on this story: Sahil Kapur in Miami at skapur39@bloomberg.net;Tyler Pager in Miami at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Mandy Moore Pregnant With First Child | E! News
September 24, 2020
39ueVkwLPWw
Cardi B Already Getting Tons of Flirty DMs After Offset Split | E! News
September 24, 2020
P1D_xGQD8qE
"Cake Boss" Star Buddy Valastro Impales Hand In Accident | E! News
September 24, 2020
TW5uWqXPTSE
John Cusack Says He Was Never Going to Play 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White
September 24, 2020
t8dtgMU4whA
2020: The Tipping Point for Connected TV Storytelling and Advertising - Variety Streaming Room
September 24, 2020
RtGX38E26SI
'Julie and the Phantoms' Stars on the Show's Music and Message
September 24, 2020
5dc_QR8aOCs
Mariah to Oprah: I won’t be ‘treated like an ATM machine with a wig on’ | Page Six Celebrity News
September 24, 2020
uNWcpZ17PVU
‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ at 50: Cast shares secrets of iconic sitcom | Page Six Celebrity News
September 24, 2020
Z2ATRwTw_QA
Emmy-nominated 'Pose' makeup artist breaks down her favorite looks | Page Six Celebrity News
September 22, 2020
mwnf88fnaxE
'Fuller House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Defends Husband's Boob Grab | TMZ
September 24, 2020
EAcv2jvjJxE
D.L. Hughley Slams Kentucky AG for Shading Celebrities Over Breonna | TMZ
September 24, 2020
HZR1BzicZqw
Uncle Ben's Rice Drops Racist Imagery, Gets New Name | TMZ TV
September 24, 2020
O5eKmqGBWdg
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
25
Sep
UKRAINE: Youth League
Minai U-21 - Dynamo K U-21
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Shkendija - Tottenham Hotspur
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Manchester City - Bournemouth
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Lincoln City - Liverpool
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
AC Milan - Bodo-Glimt
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Besiktas - Rio Ave
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
CSKA Sofia - B36 Torshavn
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Djurgarden - Cluj
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Malmo FF - Lokomotiva Zagreb
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Mura - PSV
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Rosenborg - Alanyaspor
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Steaua - Liberec
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
FC Kobenhavn - Piast Gliwice
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Galatasaray - Hajduk Split
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Wolfsburg - Desna
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
LASK Linz - DAC
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Sporting - Aberdeen
24
Sep
MEXICO: Apertura
Pachuca - Toluca
24
Sep
COPA LIBERTADORES: Group G
Delfin - Santos
24
Sep
MEXICO: Liga de Ascenso, Apertura
Alebrijes Oaxaca - Morelia
24
Sep
BRASIL: National Cup
Atletico GO - Fluminense
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Bristol City - Aston Villa
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
APOEL - Zrinjski
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Basel - Anorthosis
24
Sep
PERU: Primera Division, Apertura
Inti Gas Ayacucho - Deportivo Binacional
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Charleroi - Partizan
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
St. Gallen - AEK
24
Sep
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group Stage
Persepolis - Al Sharjah
24
Sep
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group Stage
Al Duhail - Al Taawon
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Willem II - Rangers
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
KI Klaksvik - Dinamo Tb.
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Riga - Celtic
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Legia - Drita FC
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Rostov - Maccabi Haifa
24
Sep
PORTUGAL: League U-23
Benfica U-23 - Sporting U-23
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Leicester City - Arsenal
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Chelsea - Barnsley
22
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Luton - Manchester United
21
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Wolves - Manchester City
21
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Bologna
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Liverpool
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur
20
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
Nice - PSG
20
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Real Madrid
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sampdoria
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Napoli
19
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
19
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Roma
19
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Crystal Palace
17
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Second qualifying round
Lokomotiv Plovdiv - Tottenham Hotspur
17
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Second qualifying round
Shamrock - AC Milan
16
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
PSG - Metz
16
Sep
INTERNATIONAL: Club Friendlies
Barcelona - Girona
15
Sep
INTERNATIONAL: Club Friendlies
Inter Milan - Lugano
14
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Chelsea
14
Sep
GERMANY: National cup
Duisburg - Borussia Dortmund
13
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Everton
13
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
PSG - Marseille
13
Sep
INTERNATIONAL: Club Friendlies
Juventus - Novara
12
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Leeds
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.