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Biden added later: "The fact of the matter is, that's why I chose here in SC and chose an audience that in fact would be the most likely to have been offended by anything that was said".

The former vice president addressed the issue directly on Saturday because it was "the first opportunity I had to do it in a fulsome way", he told reporters Sunday, explaining that he wanted to speak in SC - where blacks account for 60% of the Democratic primary electorate - and in front of "an audience that in fact would be the most likely to have been offended by what was said". He recalled his support of Obama's criminal justice reforms and pointed out areas in which he disagreed, such as the three-strikes policy that led to longer sentences for repeat offenders.

Biden noted that he and Harris have similar views of how to combat modern school segregation and said his goal in the 1970s and today is "to get to the root cause of segregation", which in many cases stems from housing discrimination.

Still, this weekend was Biden's second time in the first-in-the-south primary state since the furor unfolded.

On Saturday, Booker also responded to Biden's apology, saying, "First I want to say thank you".

In remarks at a campaign event in Sumter, South Carolina reported by NBC News, Biden said: "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?"

Biden told CNN in an interview that aired Friday that he "wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me", noting that Harris knows him and knew his son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Despite the thinly veiled jibes towards his rivals, it remains unlikely that Biden would pivot so radically from his affable "Uncle Joe" persona which positioned to be seen as an antidote to President Trump's aggressive posturing.

Biden pushed back against some of Harris' specific criticisms, including her argument that he once opposed busing, a measure meant to alleviate racial segregation.

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Harris, meanwhile, has since the debate described her current position on busing using similar reasoning to what Biden offered decades ago.

Front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination since officially entering the race, Biden's support has sagged in some opinion polls, thwarting an effort to breeze through the primary season and focus on a general election campaign against President Donald Trump.

In South Carolina alone, the program would raise the average teacher's pay by more than $9,000, according to her campaign.

Mr. Booker, another 2020 presidential candidate, likewise said Mr. Biden was correct to apologize.

Harris muddled the debate over busing during a recent campaign swing in Iowa, appearing to tell reporters she now opposes federally mandated busing to address school segregation. Segregation persists now not necessarily as a function of legislators.

Warren, herself a former public school teacher and law school professor, already had promised she'd nominate a federal education chief with classroom experience. "That is one of my highest priorities, and we have got to deal with that". "I will take his judgment of my record, my character, and my ability to handle the job over anyone else's". I guess it's now considered "center-left" to support abolishing most private insurance.

But some Democrats said there was still plenty of time for Biden to recover.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. "I was vetted by he and 10 serious lawyers he appointed to go back and look at every single thing in my background. and he selected me".

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