Biden does damage control after controversial comments on black voters

The former vice president faced backlash over his comments about black voters and issued an apology hours later.
2:37 | 05/23/20

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We turn to the presidential race and Joe Biden facing backlash over his comments about black voters. The former vice president and presumptive democratic nominee backtracking hours later. ABC's Rachel Scott is in Washington with more on how people are reacting to all of this. Rachel, good morning to you. Reporter: Dan, good morning. His campaign saying Biden made these comments in just, but he is expressing regret, pushing back against accusations that he's taking the black vote for granted. This morning, Joe Biden is walking back this message to black undecided voters. If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or trump, you're not black. It has nothing to do with trump. It's the fact I want something for my community. Take a look at my record, man. Those comments igniting backlash and outrageous. Hours later the former vp backtracked. The bottom line of all this is perhaps I was much too cavalier. I know that comments have come off like I was taking the African-American vote for granted but nothing can be further from the truth. And I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. Reporter: Senator Tim Scott the only black Republican in the senate called Biden's comments arrogant and condescending. What I don't hear from the Democrat leadership today are people speaking out against vice president Biden's comments. Reporter: The democratic primary Biden pulled ahead with overwhelming support from black voters. But it's not the first time he's had to clean up a comment on race. In July he apologized for his startling comments about working with segregationist senators. I regret it and I'm sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody. Reporter: While the trump campaign said the comments were dehumanizing, Biden's campaign pointed to some of trump's racist and inflammatory remarks launching his campaign in 2015 saying this about Mexican immigrants. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people. Reporter: And in 2017 there was his response to neo-nazi protests in charlottesville. You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. Reporter: Last summer the president suggesting four American congresswomen of color should go back to the countries they came from and inaccurately questioned the birthplace of president Barack Obama. And for Biden this backlash comes at a critical point as he searches for a running mate. His team says they have not started the vetting process, but bide said multiple black women were being considered. Eva?

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