Transcript for Biden not apologizing amid segregationist backlash
this morning and new backlash against former vice president Joe Biden. He is refusing to apologize as he faces growing criticism over comments he made about being able to work with others in Washington but his examples were segregationist senators 40 years ago. ABC's Mary Bruce is in Washington with much more on this. Mary, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, well, Joe Biden says he was trying to make a mountain about civility and seeking common ground but instead he's now facing some of his harshest criticism yet and this morning instead of apologizing Joe Biden is now doubling down. This morning, Joe Biden defiant. Apologize for what? Reporter: Refusing to apologize for touting his ability to find common ground with senators he disagreed with even segregationists. The point I'm making is you don't have to agree. You don't have to like the people in terms of their views but you just simply make the case and you beat them. Reporter: Biden is facing sharp criticism for recalling his work with two staunch segregationists. At a fund-raiser Tuesday Biden describing Herman Talmadge as one of the meanest guys I ever knew but adding well, guess what, at least there was some civility. We got things done and recalling senator James Eastland of Mississippi, Biden said he never called me boy. He always called me son. Biden's 2020 rival senator Cory booker demanding an apology. Somebody running for president of the United States, somebody running to be the leader of our party should know that using the word boy in the way he did can cause hurt an pain. Vice president Biden shouldn't need this lesson. Reporter: Others candidates slamming Biden's comments as tone deaf. For the vice president to somehow say that what we're seeing in this country today is a function of partisanship or a lack of bipartisanship completely ignores the legacy of slavery and the act of suppression of African-Americans. To coddle the reputations of segregationists, of people who if they had their way, I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States senate is, I think, just -- it's misinformed and it's wrong. Reporter: But Biden is not backing down. There's not a racist bone in my body. I've been involved in civil rights my whole career, period. Period, period, period. Reporter: Now Biden took it a step further saying it was senator Cory booker who owes him the apology and, guys, so far out on the 2020 trail the candidates have been hesitant not to attack each other directly but these Biden comments show it's clearly Thank you so much. Now to new developments in what is a school shooting in new
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