Rivals target Biden as Democrats’ rifts emerge on age, race

National News

June 28, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), right, speaks to former Vice President Joe Biden, left, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) looks on during the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday in Miami. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

MIAMI (AP) — Democratic divisions over race, age and ideology burst into public view in Thursday night’s presidential debate, punctuated by a heated exchange between former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

It was one of several moments that left the 76-year-old Biden, who entered the night as his party’s early front-runner, on the defensive as he works to convince voters he’s still in touch with the modern Democratic Party and best-positioned to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

“I do not believe you are a racist,” Harris said to Biden before criticizing his record of working with Democratic segregationist senators on non-race issues as “hurtful.”

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